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Success or Failure? A Critical but Optimistic Evaluation of Biopolitics

The world of biology and politics: Organization and research areas

ISBN: 978-1-78190-728-3, eISBN: 978-1-78190-729-0

ISSN: 2042-9940

Publication date: 11 August 2014

Abstract

Purpose – This chapter discusses the increased acceptance of biopolitical research by mainstream political science and examines the potential causes. It demonstrates that the changing status of biopolitics is part of a more general pattern in academia, where biological explanations of social phenomena are increasingly viewed as acceptable and even necessary.

Design/methodology/approach – A brief review of the history of the literature of biopolitics with a content analysis of the three leading general-readership journals of political science and other measures of activity in biopolitics.

Findings – Political scientists until recently have not been receptive to the arguments advanced by proponents of biopolitics, but this resistance is weakening. This case for a more biologically oriented political science is more tenable now in part because of the groundwork done by the early generation of biopolitics scholars but mainly because of changing circumstances.

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Blank, R.H. and Petersen, M.B. (2014), "Success or Failure? A Critical but Optimistic Evaluation of Biopolitics", The world of biology and politics: Organization and research areas (Research in Biopolitics, Vol. 11), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 199-216. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2042-9940(2013)0000011013

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