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The Biopolitics of Stalinism
The Biopolitics of Stalinism
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The Biopolitics of Stalinism

Ideology and Life in Soviet Socialism
Sergei Prozorov
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The Biopolitics of Stalinism

Ideology and Life in Soviet Socialism
Sergei Prozorov
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Western theories of biopolitics focus on its liberal and fascist rationalities. In opposition to this, Stalinism is oriented more towards transforming life in accordance with the communist ideal, and less towards protecting it. Sergei Prozorov reconstructs this rationality in the early Stalinist project of the Great Break (1928–32) and its subsequent modifications during High Stalinism. He then relocates the question of biopolitics down to the level of the subject, tracing the way the 'new Soviet person' was to be produced in governmental practices and the role that violence and terror would play in this construction. Throughout, he engages with the canonical theories of Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben and Roberto Esposito, and the 'new materialist' theories of Michel Henry, Quentin Meillassoux and Catherine Malabou to critique the conventional approaches to biopolitics

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Year
2016
ISBN
9781474410540
Topic
Politics & International Relations
Subtopic
Communism, Post-Communism & Socialism
Edition
1

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