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The biopolitics of life at sea, or, Toward a theory of maritime exception

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dc.contributor.author Harvey, Daniel Stephen
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-26T20:27:45Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-26T20:27:45Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 en
dc.date.issued 2010-05-26T20:27:45Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/2814
dc.description.abstract The maritime space of ships is more often developed as a metaphor than critically investigated. Abstract fantasies of global flows and fluid motions ignore the material histories of ships, which often involve the capture of individuals and populations within networks of legal and extra-legal power. Standing as an exception to the bounded geographies of nation-states, ocean space lies beyond any single sovereign’s power; the passengers of ships are subject to multiple forms of biopower, wielded by diverse actors. I examine three ship-spaces—British slave ships, the migrant ship Komagata Maru, and Disney’s cruise ships—to tease out the techniques of biopower at work through them, exposing the ways in which passengers are made to live and rendered dead. Drawing on the work of Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben, I argue that the exceptional suspension of law at sea is integral to the rule of law on land. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject Komagatamaru (Ship) en
dc.subject Cruise ships en
dc.subject Slave ships en
dc.subject Canada en
dc.subject United States en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::History en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Political Science::International law en
dc.title The biopolitics of life at sea, or, Toward a theory of maritime exception en
dc.title.alternative Toward a theory of maritime exception en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Shukin, Nicole
dc.degree.department Dept. of English en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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