Biopolitics And Social Change In Italy: From Gramsci To Pasolini To Negri by A. Righi

Biopolitics And Social Change In Italy: From Gramsci To Pasolini To Negri

byA. Righi

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The study of how life can be controlled, supported, and manipulated has become the most urgent scientific and political task of our society. Each discipline approaches this biopolitical dimension with its tools and agenda; however they ignore how labor over time has materially produced crucial transformations in the manipulation of life. By placing the social dimension of labor at the base of the discourse of life, this book engages with the work of key intellectual figures including Gramsci, Pasolini, the neo-feminist militants of Lotta Femminista, Negri, and Virno, and reconstructs a critical genealogy of the notion of biopolitics from the point of view of twentieth and twenty-first century Italy.

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Andrea Righi is an assistant professor of Italian at Colorado College. He previously taught Italian and Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.
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Title:Biopolitics And Social Change In Italy: From Gramsci To Pasolini To NegriFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:September 6, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780230115033

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Introduction: The Biopolitical and Its Biopolitics * Factory Councils, Fordism, and Gramsci: a Workers’ Biopolitics and Its Demise * The Personal Is (Bio)Political! Italian Marxist Neo-feminism and Its Historical Trajectory * Pasolini and the Politics of Life of Neocapitalism * 1968-1977: the Movement and Its Biopolitical Élan * A Biopolitical Multitude and Its Planet: Antonio Negri and Paolo Virno

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“Andrea Righi offers a compelling, energetic mapping of the vicissitudes of biopolitics in the work of Italian philosophers from Antonio Gramsci to Antonio Negri. He provides a critique of modern political theory and its application that need not be viewed in restrictive terms as valid only for contemporary Italy. Written with appealing brio and evident pedagogical lucidity, this book easily could be used in any graduate seminar or advanced undergraduate class on modern and contemporary Italian history, philosophy, political thought, or anthropology. In addition, it could be made a stimulating focus of any course on Marxism, post-Marxism, globalization, ecology, biopolitics, or contemporary women’s studies.”--Alessia Ricciardi, associate professor, department of French and Italian and program in Comparative Literature, Northwestern University “How and when did we forget the biological being? As societal relations began to define biological bodies in terms of use, labor, and commodities, the living politics of being seemed to disappear. However, the intricacies of social transformation, and the involvement of those same “disappeared” groups, are as multifaceted as the living organisms that they involve; this is the ground that biopolitics treads. Finding support in the rich tradition of Italian political philosophy, Righi makes of Italy a relevant and illustrative case for the formation, rise and elaboration of the biopolitical. By extending a network of political philosophical work that finds renewed energy in Antonio Gramsci, makes a case for the innovative strategies of Italian neo-feminists of Lotta femminista, and reviews Pasolini’s revolutionary pessimism, Righi suggests an Italy that has been a fertile ground for the elaboration of late Foucauldian thought by philosophers such as Giorgio Agamben, Antonio Negri, Paolo Virno and Roberto Esposito. Righi’s book is valuable addition not only to Italian Studies but also to the contemporary discourse on biopolitics and philosophy.”--Pasquale Verdicchio, Associate Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, University of California, San Diego “In the current scholarship on biopolitics and Italian thought, little attention has been paid to the social and historical context of twentieth century Italy that so deeply informs the work of thinkers like Antonio Negri, Giorgio Agamben, and Roberto Esposito. Happily, that is no longer the case with the publication of Andrea Righi’s breathtaking genealogy of the origins of biopolitical reflection in modern Italy. Both a historical primer of Italian social movements across the last century and an up to the minute explication of contemporary Italian philosophy, Righi convincingly shows how profoundly current debates on biopolitics have been influenced by a number of last century's greatest Italian intellectuals. Absolutely a must-read for anyone interested in biopolitics and Italian thought today.”-- Timothy Campbell, Professor, Department of Romance Studies, Cornell University