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States of Exception and Threat in Governmentality

Ben Chappel writes in his essay entitled ‘Rehearsals of The Sovereign: States of Exception and Threat Governmentality‘:

The attacks of 9/11 have been generally viewed as a traumatic, historical
rupture, ushering in the ‘war on terror’ as well as a warfare/security state in
the US. Yet close attention to police practices on urban streets suggests that
the actions of the state in this context are not without precedent. This article
links apparently divergent situations in order to track the persistence of a
rationality of government, which I call ‘threat governmentality’. Concerned
with security and the management of risk, and fi xating on racialized bodies,
threat governmentality comprises repressive violence on the part of police
and civilians, and public discourse after the fact of such violence, in which
the relative criminality of the victims—and hence the relative value of
their lives—is debated. Rather than a post-9/11 invention, I argue that this
rationality represents what Agamben called the ‘nomos of the political space’
in which we live.

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