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L'apport de Foucault aux théories des relations internationales : une critique du postmodernisme anglo-saxon

Abstract : Following Michel Foucault, the term of "biopower" has been widely used by many researchers in the social sciences. This contibution consider more specifically the works which intend to characterize the emergence of biomedecine of describe the ancient or contemporary administrations which elaborate knowledge about life. Focusing on the use of the term of biopower in these writings is enlightening in many respects. This neologism has been used in many places, its use does not seem to be restricted only to the academic area. Then, it seems to belong to a very specific way of thinking. The semantic content (the signified) of the word acquires its heuristic value according to the organization of the writtings which make use of it. In this sense, "biopower" seems to be an utterly political concept since, for instance, health workers use it. They lead to anchor its existence and to testify its pragmatic skill. Thus, the multiple uses of "biopower" and its spread prove its necessity itself in order to describe the very great number of aspects of biomedicine.
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Stéphane La Branche. L'apport de Foucault aux théories des relations internationales : une critique du postmodernisme anglo-saxon. Meyet, Sylvain;Naves, Marie-Cécile;Ribemont, Thomas;. Travailler avec Foucault. Retours sur le politique, L'Harmattan, pp.119-139, 2005, Cahiers Politiques. ⟨halshs-00286820⟩

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