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Governmentality, Sovereign Individualism and the British ID Cards Debate

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Though the significance of ‘identity’ is recognised by security and governance scholars, individuals, like states, remain ‘sovereign’ for many theorists. Within this paradigm, identity belongs to – or at least belongs to for theoretical purposes - knowing social actors, whose active enactments of social reality warrant the attention of scholars. However, for those who eschew state-centric and humanistic explanations of global governance, Foucault’s notion of governmentality has opened up important alternative avenues of analysis. By refocusing the analysis of power away from the Leviathan model towards an understanding of dispersed ‘techniques and tactics of domination’, governmentality provides a means for understanding how power relationships allow social actors to become good citizens with the capacity for self-governance and individuality. These analytical tools are particularly valuable for making sense of the global governance of populations at a time when the exercise of violence has become normative and routinised on the grounds of the exceptional, the emergency and the spectre of the protean terrorist enemy. As critical security scholars have shown, the politics of governance in times of emergency extends beyond foreign policy and military campaigns; it shapes logics of national identity that require ‘good citizens’ to identify and affirm boundaries of national security policies and practices. By focusing on recent debates around the introduction of biometric ID Cards in the UK, this paper explores how sovereign individualism is essential to maintaining and policing these boundaries of exception, and what different conditions of possibility this can offer to social actors.

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Governmentality, Politics of exception, agency, soveriegn individualism, identity cards
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Name: ISA's 50th ANNUAL CONVENTION "EXPLORING THE PAST, ANTICIPATING THE FUTURE"
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Basham, Victoria. "Governmentality, Sovereign Individualism and the British ID Cards Debate" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA's 50th ANNUAL CONVENTION "EXPLORING THE PAST, ANTICIPATING THE FUTURE", New York Marriott Marquis, NEW YORK CITY, NY, USA, Feb 15, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p313213_index.html>

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Basham, V. , 2009-02-15 "Governmentality, Sovereign Individualism and the British ID Cards Debate" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA's 50th ANNUAL CONVENTION "EXPLORING THE PAST, ANTICIPATING THE FUTURE", New York Marriott Marquis, NEW YORK CITY, NY, USA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p313213_index.html

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Abstract: Though the significance of ‘identity’ is recognised by security and governance scholars, individuals, like states, remain ‘sovereign’ for many theorists. Within this paradigm, identity belongs to – or at least belongs to for theoretical purposes - knowing social actors, whose active enactments of social reality warrant the attention of scholars. However, for those who eschew state-centric and humanistic explanations of global governance, Foucault’s notion of governmentality has opened up important alternative avenues of analysis. By refocusing the analysis of power away from the Leviathan model towards an understanding of dispersed ‘techniques and tactics of domination’, governmentality provides a means for understanding how power relationships allow social actors to become good citizens with the capacity for self-governance and individuality. These analytical tools are particularly valuable for making sense of the global governance of populations at a time when the exercise of violence has become normative and routinised on the grounds of the exceptional, the emergency and the spectre of the protean terrorist enemy. As critical security scholars have shown, the politics of governance in times of emergency extends beyond foreign policy and military campaigns; it shapes logics of national identity that require ‘good citizens’ to identify and affirm boundaries of national security policies and practices. By focusing on recent debates around the introduction of biometric ID Cards in the UK, this paper explores how sovereign individualism is essential to maintaining and policing these boundaries of exception, and what different conditions of possibility this can offer to social actors.


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