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‘Doggy-Biopolitics’: Governing via the First Dog
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management. Sociolologiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet. (HumAnimal Group)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9902-1191
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Biopolitics, traditionally understood as management of the human population, has been extended to include nonhuman animal life and posthuman life. In this article we turn to these advancements of Foucauldian biopolitics to explore the mode of government enabled by the dog of the US presidential family—the First Dog called Bo Obama. We follow the construction of Bo in various outlets from well-known and less famous sources, as the websites of the White House and an animal rights organisation. Bo’s microphysical escapades in and around the White House show how posthuman biopolitics, which targets the vitality of the dog population, is linked to seductive neoliberal management techniques and subjectivities that enhance ‘cuddly management.’ Bo also facilitates a proliferation of interspecies family norms and an empathic embrace of difference. We thus suggest that Bo makes possible a mode of government nurtured by vitality, playfulness and posthuman norms, what we call ‘doggy-biopolitics.’

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
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Animal studies, posthuman biopolitics, Michel Foucault, First Dog, domestic animals, management techniques, US governing
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Sociology Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-285900OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-285900DiVA: diva2:921314
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Sociologidagarna 2016: Överskridande sociologi, 10-12 mars.
Available from: 2016-04-20 Created: 2016-04-20 Last updated: 2016-05-09

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