Human security assemblages in global politics: the materiality and instability of biopolitical governmentality in Thailand and Vietnam

Voelkner, Nadine Miriam Tita (2012) Human security assemblages in global politics: the materiality and instability of biopolitical governmentality in Thailand and Vietnam. Doctoral thesis (DPhil), University of Sussex.

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This thesis investigates the implications of human security on global politics. While it adopts a Foucauldian analytics of governmentality and biopolitics, the thesis differs from
biopolitical accounts of human security. These accounts tend to reduce human security to a coherent, totalizing, and inadvertently successful mode of governance, deemphasizing its situatedness and instability. In contrast, by complementing the Foucauldian approach to
the study of human security with a Deleuzian lens of machinic assemblage in which materiality is particularly emphasized, the thesis argues that the governmental logic of
human security gives rise to a multiplicity of open-ended vernacular assemblages and associated orders of governance. Though these assemblages are particular, messy,
contingent systems which vacillate, undermine themselves, clash and hybridize with surrounding assemblages, this does not render them ineffective. When the object of analysis is the global, a focus on the materiality of events helps to explore how the global is localized. A focus on materiality opens up the opportunity to explore how the local
materializes. This interplay between localizations and materializations disrupts the logics that underlie governmental processes. In this way, the thesis demonstrates how the intransigence of life constantly escapes and readjusts the biopolitical imperative.
Empirically, the thesis traces the way human security materializes as a situated governmental strategy in emerging assemblages for managing pathogenic and illicit
circulations relating to global migrant communities in Thailand and Vietnam. It shows the way the intricate and productive as well as destructive interplay of human and nonhuman elements inherent to the assemblages helped to constitute two vernacular orders of human security and associated political subjectivities.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations > JZ0024 Societies, associations, academies, institutes, etc., for the study of international relations
J Political Science > JZ International relations > JZ1305 Scope of international relations. Political theory. Diplomacy
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2012 07:40
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2015 14:52

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