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Published: 01 December 2018

264 Pages

7.5 × 5.3 inches

ISBN: 9781474444330

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Arendt, Natality and Biopolitics

Toward Democratic Plurality and Reproductive Justice

First Edition

Rosalyn Diprose and Ewa Plonowska Ziarek

Published by Edinburgh University Press


  • The first book-length study of Arendt's philosophy of natality that engages both biopolitical and feminist theories
  • Teases out the implications of Arendt's work for the diagnosis and contestation of the biopolitics of reproduction, including its racist elements
  • Examines how Arendt's philosophy of natality changes the meaning of political concepts including agency, freedom, power, community, democratic plurality, responsibility and political hospitality
  • Engages with contemporary political issues, such as struggles for reproductive justice, to demonstrate biopolitics' continuing threat to democratic pluralism
  • Mobilises Arendt as a biopolitical theorist between Foucault and Agamben to take Foucauldian biopolitical analysis beyond its usual focus on medical sociology

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