Biopolitical mills. Topographies of Power in Early Peripheral Capitalism Cover Image

Młyn biopolityki. Topografie władzy peryferyjnego kapitalizmu na łódzkim osiedlu robotniczym
Biopolitical mills. Topographies of Power in Early Peripheral Capitalism

Author(s): Agata Zysiak, Wiktor Marzec
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza
Keywords: Lodz; Ksiezy Mlyn; factory; industrial; disciplinary power; biopower; biopolitics; tsarist rule; Foucault; Collier; topology; peripheries

Summary/Abstract: City of Lodz is an exceptional case of industrial settlement, a focal point of di}erent kinds and techniques of power typical for nineteenth century industrial capitalism. Disciplinary power parceling bodies, biopower providing with population stability, paternalistic gaze of the factory owner and monarchic sovereignty of the tsarist rule once met in the Scheibler and Grohman’s industrial establishment and nearby workers’ housing estate. peripheral capitalism and relations accompanying it let us verify Foucaultian analysis of power and have a new look at it. Different and less stable pattern of correlation of power techniques emerges here; power is no longer strictly related to the temporal matrix or a functional demands of capitalist production, and temporarily ossifies in relocated and contingent con/gurations. It is an implicit illustration of a new paradigm of power analysis, which Foucault presented when his interest was not an industrial city any more, namely the „topological analysis”, as S. J. Collier aptly called it.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 65-86
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Polish