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    Life, death, ethnography: epistemologies and methods of the quasi-event

    Posocco, Silvia (2017) Life, death, ethnography: epistemologies and methods of the quasi-event. Qualitative Research Journal 17 (3), pp. 177-187. ISSN 1443-9883.

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    What is the relation between the biopolitical and necropolitical terrain in and through which experience unravels and the conceptual apparatuses which hold the promise of analysis and critique? What analytics, methods and ethics do contemporary life-and-death formations and intersecting precarious modes of existence elicit? What difference, if any, does it make to appeal to the ordinary and the everyday, the situated and always-already-in-relation, the emergent and the quasi-event (Povinelli, 2011), as simultaneously sites, objects and frames? In this article, I approach these questions ethnographically, with reference to debates in social and cultural theory and drawing on long-term anthropological research in Guatemala. The article aims to make an original contribution to debates on biopolitical and necropolitical processes and dynamics, by reflecting on the implications for epistemologies, methods and infrastructures.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): biopolitics, necropolitics, exception, immunity, camps, terror formations, drones, infrastructure, ethnography, Guatemala
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Silvia Posocco
    Date Deposited: 26 May 2017 07:22
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:33


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