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    State Power and Technological Citizenship in India: From the Postcolonial to the Digital Age

    Abraham, Itty, Rajadhyaksha, Ashish
    East Asian science, technology and society, 01 March 2015, Vol.9(1), pp.65-85 [Revue évaluée par les pairs]
    Taylor & Francis (Taylor & Francis Group)
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    Titre: State Power and Technological Citizenship in India: From the Postcolonial to the Digital Age
    Auteur: Abraham, Itty; Rajadhyaksha, Ashish
    Sujet: Citizenship ; Technological Society ; India ; Biopolitics ; Aadhaar Digital Governance ; Sciences (General)
    Description: In this article we seek to nuance our understanding of the technologically mediated relationship of state and citizen, first, by framing these relations in terms of Michel Foucault's ideas about state power and governmentality, and, second, by using case studies drawn from the Indian experience to highlight particular risks associated with digital governance and biopolitics. An overview of state and social technological interventions in India shows multiple intersections of sovereign and disciplinary powers. Together, these intersections give new meanings to biopower while also sketching a familiar story of the attenuated character of technological citizenship, notwithstanding numerous examples of popular resistance. To address biopolitics, however, a novel set of challenges emerges: The first is to outline a genealogy of Indian biopolitics, going back to the colonial period. The second is to acknowledge the tension between biopolitics and geopolitics: the state's need to distinguish...
    Fait partie de: East Asian science, technology and society, 01 March 2015, Vol.9(1), pp.65-85
    Identifiant: 1875-2160 (ISSN); 1875-2152 (E-ISSN); 10.1215/18752160-2863200 (DOI)