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Empowerment and Fragility

Biopolitics and Ethics in International Relations and Strategic Studies

Author(s): Maria João Ferreira

Book Description

The book discusses how the two interrelated questions of biopolitics and ethics influence discursive and non-discursive practices in the fields of international relations and strategic studies. The book debates the following research question of how discussions on global regimes that rule human empowerment and human fragility in international and strategic arenas require the establishment of a complex relation between the contested concepts of biopolitics and ethics. The book focuses on six main areas which are (1) the politics of (in)security, (2) complex emergencies and contemporary terrorism, (3) health, risk and population management, (4) environment and climate change, (5) the politics of memory and trauma and (6) migration and refugee flows. The usefulness of the book derives from critically questioning how, international public policies in sensitive areas like terrorism, global health, global migration flows or humanitarian assistance are being built through global policy regimes and global discursive regimes.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-2403-3
ISBN-10: 1-5275-2403-5
Date of Publication: 01/04/2019
Pages / Size: 474 / A5
Price: £67.99


Maria João Ferreira is Associate Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Her publications include the chapters “Demolishing Portugal’s ‘Berlin Wall’: The Portuguese Left Against Austerity Policies” in Crisis, Neoliberalism and Transformation. How Disciplinary Neoliberalism is changing Portugal; “Liminality and Migrant Decision-Making in the Aftermath of the Political and Refugee Crises in the Mediterranean, 2010-2013,” in Understanding Migrant Decisions: From Sub-Saharan Africa to the Mediterranean Region (2016); and “Trauma as a Technology of Power: Memory, Aid and Rule in Contemporary Haiti,” in Memory and Trauma in International Relations: Theories, Cases and Debates (2013). She has published articles in several refereed journals, namely Análise Social (2016), Discourse and Society (2015), Ciências e Políticas Públicas (2015), Stasis (2014), Global Business and Economics Anthology (2012), Ethics and Global Politics (2011), International Social Science Journal (2011), and Journal of Global Analysis (2010).