Necropolitical constructions of happy-ness, COVID-19 and higher education
Wright, T. and Keval, H. 2021. Necropolitical constructions of happy-ness, COVID-19 and higher education. Critical Studies on Security.
|Authors||Wright, T. and Keval, H.|
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.
|Keywords||Pathological performatives; COVID-19; Coronavirus; UK higher education; British state; Oppression; Empowerment|
|Journal||Critical Studies on Security|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||04 Jun 2021|
|Deposited||11 Aug 2021|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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|Output status||In press|
Ahmed, S. (2010). The promise of happiness, Durham: Duke University Press.
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