Disability, Able-Bodiedness, and the Biopolitical Imagination

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Thomas Jordan


empire, globalization, biopolitics


Following the work of Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, and Giorgio Agamben, this article offers a theoretical analysis of the relationship between modern forms of biopolitics and discourses of disability and able-bodiedness in the context of globalization.
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