Tag Archives: Achille Mbembe

Mbembe, “Decolonizing Knowledge and the Question of the Archive”

Welcome back from spring break, all.  The cruelty of the time change occurring as we transition back into the semester is… well, it’s cruel.  Hope you’re all getting through with some high-quality caffeine. A couple of things.  First and foremost: … Continue reading

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Mbembe’s “management of the multitudes” and Farah’s Crossbones

In “Necropolitics” Achille Mbembe discusses what he refers to as the concept of “management of the multitudes” (34) within contemporary warfare. For Mbembe, the management of the multitudes within areas ravaged by resource extraction is analogous with “brutal attempts to … Continue reading

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How Birahima Makes Sense of Necropolitics in Allah is Not Obliged

The kind of political power that Achille Mbembe describes in “Necropolitics,” is exactly the kind of power at work in Allah is Not Obliged. In his essay, Mbembe argues that political power is bound up in the power “to dictate … Continue reading

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Necropolitics in Sozaboy

In Mbembe’s Necropolitics he discusses sovereignty within the context of the post-colonial state. In doing so he goes further than past constructions focusing on a government’s ability to manipulate and physically control the bodies and/or actions of its subjects (Foucault’s … Continue reading

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Common Sense in Mbembe and Petals of Blood

Reading Achille Mbembe’s “Provisional Notes on the Postcolony”, I was especially intrigued by a few offhand mentions near the beginning to the idea of “common sense,” especially as it relates for Mbembe to laws, customs, and other tools used by … Continue reading

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