A new book collection on the intersection of security technologies and racism has been published. Entitled Security, Race, Biopower: Essays on Technology and Corporeality, it is edited by Dr. Holly Randell-Moon and Ryan Tippet from the Department of Media, Film and Communication.
The book explores how technologies of media, medicine, law and governance enable and constrain the mobility of bodies within geographies of space and race. It describes and critiques the ways in which contemporary technologies produce citizens according to their statistical risk or value in an atmosphere of generalised security, both in relation to categories of race, and within the new possibilities for locating and managing bodies in space.
Providing interdisciplinary perspectives on security, race and risk, the topics covered include: drone warfare, the global distribution of HIV-prevention drugs, racial profiling in airports, Indigenous sovereignty, consumer lifestyle apps and their ecological and labour costs, and anti-aging therapies.
Professor Denise Ferreira da Silva, Director of the Social Justice Institute (GRSJ) (University of British Columbia, Canada) has said of the book: “Together the histories, geographies, and case studies assembled in this volume expose how biopolitical equipments, procedures, and processes always already presuppose racial difference and cultural difference as the fundamental descriptors of the threatening global Other. This book is, by far, the best deployment of Foucault’s notion of biopower in the study of security as the privileged mode of management of global subaltern populations.”
Contributions for the collection emerged from the first Space, Race, Bodies conference, held at the University of Otago and co-hosted by the Division of Humanities’ Postcolonial Studies Research Network and the Sexuality Research Group, and the University of Arizona’s Somatechnics Research Network.