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UNDERSTANDING GIORGIOAGAMBEN’S CONCEPT OF “BARE LIFE”

    1 Author(s):  SHALINI SHIKHA

Vol -  8, Issue- 5 ,         Page(s) : 55 - 61  (2017 ) DOI : https://doi.org/10.32804/IRJMSH

Abstract

“Bare Life”, the term portrays a kind of melancholic image in our mind. It triggers the curiosity to demystify the idea of the person coining this term. How life can possibly be ‘bare’? Questions flood the mind that are the “Bare Lives” deprivated from human rights? Are they facing social or political exclusion? What role does the state or sovereign play for “bare life”. What is Biopolitics and how’s that the “bare life” find a central stage in biopolitics? Giorgio Agamben is widely known for his work on “Bare Life”. The paper attempts to analyze Agamben’s notion of “Bare Life” in his book “Homo Sacer” which is latin word meaning ‘the sacred man or the accursed man’. It is to study the concept behind the terms ‘state of exception’ and ‘state of emergency’, “acts of citizenship” and “non-citizen citizenship” etc and how are these intertwined with the “bare life”. In addition it is to understand that how his notion of “bare life” helps in understanding the contemporary situations of prisoners, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented immigrants and so on.

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