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Global Modernities is a sustained commentary on the international character of the most microcosmic practices. It demonstrates how the global increasingly informs the regional, so deconstructing ideas like the `nation-state' and `national sovereignty'. The spatialization of social theory, hybridization and bio-politics are among the critical issues discussed.

Bio-Politics and the Spectre of Incest: Sexuality and/in the Family
Bio-politics and the spectre of incest: Sexuality and/in the family

Modern man is an animal whose politics places his existence as a living being in question.

(Foucault, 1981: 143)

Foucault once remarked that no-one wanted to talk about the end of The History of Sexuality: An Introduction (1981), henceforth THS, where he details the operations of bio-politics, where he makes rare comment on racism and Hitler, and where he considers the movement from a ‘symbolics of blood’ to an ‘analytics of sexuality’.1 The central argument of this last section is that the development of capitalism was accompanied by the ‘entry of life into history’ (1981: 141). The ‘menace of death’ was no longer the threat it had been, ...

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