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Ontopower : War, Powers, and the State of Perception (Paperback) (Brian Massumi)

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Color coded terror alerts, invasion, drone war, rampant surveillance: all manifestations of the type of new power Brian Massumi theorizes inOntopower. Through an in-depth examination of the War on Terror and the culture of crisis, Massumi identifies the emergence of preemption, which he characterizes as the operative logic of our time. Security threats, regardless of the existence of credible intelligence, are now felt into reality. Whereas nations once waited for a clear and present danger to emerge before using force, a threat's felt reality now demands launching a preemptive strike. Power refocuses on whatmay emerge, as that potential presents itself to feeling. This affective logic of potential washes back from the war front to become the dominant mode of power on the home front as well. This is ontopower—the mode of power embodying the logic of preemption across the full spectrum of force, from the “hard” (military intervention) to the "soft" (surveillance). WithOntopower, Massumi provides an original theory of power that explains not only current practices of war but the culture of insecurity permeating our contemporary neoliberal condition.
Color coded terror alerts; invasion; drone war; rampant surveillance: all manifestations of the type of new power Brian Massumi theorizes inOntopower. Through an in-depth examination of the War on Terror and the culture of crisis, Massumi identifies the emergence of preemption, which he characterizes as the operative logic of our time. Security threats, regardless of the existence of credible intelligence, are now felt into reality. Whereas nations once waited for a clear and present danger to emerge before using force, a threat's felt reality now demands launching a preemptive strike. Power refocuses on whatmay emerge, as that potential presents itself to feeling. This affective logic of potential washes back from the war front to become the dominant mode of power on the home front as well. This is ontopower?the mode of power embodying the logic of preemption across the full spectrum of force, from the hardest (military intervention) to the "soft" (surveillance). WithOntopower, Massumi provides an original theory of power that not only explains current practices of war, but the culture of insecurity permeating our contemporary neoliberal condition.
Number of Pages: 306
Genre: Philosophy, History
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Duke Univ Pr
Author: Brian Massumi
Language: English
Street Date: September 1, 2015
TCIN: 21533170
UPC: 9780822359951
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-4795
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