Resilience, critical infrastructure, and molecular security : the excess of "life" in biopolitics
Lundborg, Tom and Vaughan-Williams, Nick. (2011) Resilience, critical infrastructure, and molecular security : the excess of "life" in biopolitics. International Political Sociology, Vol.5 (No.4). pp. 367-383. ISSN 1749-5679Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-5687.2011.00140.x
This article investigates the political significance of the orientation of Western security relations around critical infrastructure (CI) and resilience planning. While the analysis is located in the International Political Sociology literature, it departs from recent biopolitical accounts of CIs and resilience. These accounts tend to present such apparatuses as closed, totalizing, and inevitably successful modes of governance. Rather, we argue that resilient CIs are open, vulnerable, and often absurd systems that continually falter, backfire, and often undermine themselves according to their own logic. By developing what we call a molecular security approach, we draw attention to the way in which life constantly evades capture. In this sense, we suggest, there is always an excess of life in biopolitics.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JC Political theory|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Political Sociology|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||17|
|Page Range:||pp. 367-383|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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