Fragments

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The past few days have been introspective and restless. That is, restless in the sense of inhabiting a body that resists stillness, even in a state of slumber. Even then, my soul resists stasis.

 

The past few days have been a time of self-editing and self-authoring. Practices of freedom, if you will. Honestly, I have no idea where this will lead.

 

I make no claims to an a priori, theological Sovereignty  Created in God’s image I may be, but by no means do I possess a true sense of Sovereignty. If we are all Sovereigns, then we are all Anarchists. If there is no one who governs us, then there can be no hierarchy.

 

Furthermore, to make claims to Sovereignty is to ignore the ways in which we are juridically-constructed subjects. Our experiences are subjective and relational. We are the vehicles and sites of power’s exercise. Power is not possessed, given away, shared, or held. It is better understood as a multiplicity of force relations, “immanent in the sphere in which they operate and which constitute their own organization” (Foucault, History of Sexuality, Vol. 1, 93).

 

Anyway, I am currently reading the following books:

  1. Thomas Lemke’s BioPolitics: An Advanced Introduction
  2. Giorgio Agamben’s What is an Apparatus: And Other Essays
  3. Michel Foucault’s The Birth of BioPolitics: Lectures at the College de France, 1978-79
  4. Foucault in an Age of Terror: Essays on BioPolitics and the Defense of Society, eds. Stephen Morton and Stephen Bygrave
  5. Achille Mbembe’s On the PostColony
  6. Elizabeth Grosz’s Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism
  7. Foucault: A Critical Reader, ed. David Couzens Hoy
  8. Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish
  9. Erving Goffman’s Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates
  10. David Rothman’s The Discovery of the Asylum: Social Order and Disorder in the New Republic

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