Necropolitics by Achille Mbembe: Extended Essay on the Book


  • Marina Gržinić ZRC SAZU, Institute of Philosophy, Ljubljana, Slovenia



form, life, death, philosophy, Black thought, All-world


Necropolitics by Achille Mbembe takes us back to his seminal text on “Necropolitics” translated and published in the US in 2003. At this point, 40 years after Foucault’s Biopolitics, Mbembe was re-theorizing biopolitics through a necro (death) horizon, which turned out to be a robust conceptual shift from Western thought. Not much else is explicitly said about necropolitics in the titular book, which comes 17 years after the seminal text that had a significant impact on the theory and practice of philosophy, politics, anthropology, and esthetics. Mbembe presents the layers of forms, modes, and procedures of the necropolitical working through contemporary neoliberal global societies. It is therefore not surprising that Mbembe makes reference to theory in forms, form is the way to redefine or rephrase content, and “who should live and who must die” is currently the beginning. But how this is done in the 21st century, what are the methods and procedures to implement this central act in neoliberal global democracy —that is the task of this book.


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2021-12-31 — Updated on 2022-04-05


How to Cite

Gržinić, M. (2022). Necropolitics by Achille Mbembe: Extended Essay on the Book. Filozofski Vestnik, 42(1). (Original work published December 31, 2021)