Necropolitical constructions of happy-ness, COVID-19 and higher education

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Keval, Harshad and Wright, T. 2021. Necropolitical constructions of happy-ness, COVID-19 and higher education. Critical Studies on Security. https://doi.org/10.1080/21624887.2021.1978644
AuthorsKeval, Harshad and Wright, T.
Abstract

This piece provokes discussions about the pathological performativities of COVID-19, the British state and UK higher education. We argue that despite the apparent disconnectedness of these components, the connecting fabric is one of a necropoilitical (Mbembe 2003) nature. This socio-political hegemony is constitutive of and through the ‘performativity of happiness’ as a mechanism of oppression. Universities as sites and locations where multiple oppressions are produced and enacted, can also be sites of potential mobilised empowerment. The pathological politics of COVID-19 rests on these mechanics, while the potential for liberatory solidarities is already at work in resistance.

KeywordsPolitical science and international relations; Higher education; Necropolitics; Happiness
Year2021
JournalCritical Studies on Security
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN2162-4887
2162-4909
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/21624887.2021.1978644
Official URLhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21624887.2021.1978644
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Accepted04 Jun 2021
Deposited11 Aug 2021
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