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Sotiris, P.
Thinking beyond the lockdown: On the possibility of a democratic biopolitics
(2020) Historical Materialism

DOI: 10.1163/1569206X-12342803

Abstract
Covid-19 is not only a health emergency but also a strategic challenge for any politics of resistance, struggle and transformation. Understanding the social and political dynamics associated with morbidity and mortality and the many ‘ecologies of disease’ associated with the pandemic is necessary if we want to think beyond the limits of the lockdown strategy. It is here that the possibility of a democratic biopolitics emerges as part of a broader strategy for communism.

Author Keywords
Biopolitics; Communism; Covid-19; Foucault; Lockdown; Public health

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