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Neoliberal Governmentality of Immunization: A Biopolitical Perspective on the Vaccines in Turkey

Başak Akar (Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University, TÜRKİYE)

Biopolitics at 50 Years

ISBN: 978-1-80262-108-2, eISBN: 978-1-80262-107-5

Publication date: 21 November 2022


This chapter argues that neoliberal governmentality in immunization relocates the Turkish state's position regarding vaccine and immunization policies. Neoliberalism is often discussed in the context of privatization, performance, and effectiveness separately. However, more attention should be paid to the set of strategies that are employed in public policy processes to manage populations in terms of immunization, while intertwining power with knowledge. Following Foucault's concept of governmentality and taking it further within the context of biopolitics, this chapter focuses on different knowledge practices regarding vaccine and immunization policies in Turkey. In doing so, this case study applies a post-structural analysis to examine vaccine production, vaccine know-how, and immunization policies inscribed in policy documents as a form of knowledge practice. The analysis sheds light on the reflexive transformation of the concept of biopolitics, which is moving from state-oriented knowledge practices toward a neoliberal governmentality of immunization.



Akar, B. (2022), "Neoliberal Governmentality of Immunization: A Biopolitical Perspective on the Vaccines in Turkey", Wohlers, T. and Fletcher, A. (Ed.) Biopolitics at 50 Years (Research in Biopolitics, Vol. 13), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 197-218.



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