Rosalyn Diprose & Ewa Plonowska Ziarek, Arendt, Natality and Biopolitics: Toward Democratic Plurality and Reproductive Justice (Edinburgh University Press: 2018)

In Arendt, Natality and Biopolitics Rosalyn Diprose and Ewa Plonowska Ziarek provide a reconfirguration of Hannah Arendt’s philosophy of natality from the perspective of biopolitical and feminist theory. They show that Arendt provides unique ways of contesting both biopolitical threats to human plurality (posed by, for example, harsh treatment of immigrants and refugees) and biopolitical targeting of women’s reproductive agency. They also extend Arendt’s account of collective political action to include consideration of political hospitality, responsibility and story-telling as ways of countering the harms of biopower. The book offers an insightful account of Arendt’s political ontology that includes new dialogues between her and major twentieth-century and contemporary thinkers including Foucault, Agamben, Nancy, Kristeva, Esposito, Derrida, Levinas and Cavarero.


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