Necropolitical complicities: (re)constructing a normative somatechnics of Iraq

Goldie Osuri*

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This article theorizes the concept of necropolitical complicities in the construction and writing of ethno-sectarian identities in the context of the war in Iraq. Drawing on Mbembe's concept of necropolitics in relation to the (re)construction of a normative somatechnics, the article argues for an acknowledgment of operative colonial epistemologies and techniques of governance that have fuelled contemporary sectarian violence in Iraq. The interplay between these epistemologies and techniques of governance and the violent assertions of Iraqi ethnoreligious identities are theorized as necropolitical complicities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-45
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Semiotics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


  • Colonialism
  • Ethno-sectarian violence
  • Necropolitics
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Somatechnics
  • Sovereignty
  • War in Iraq


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