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#374 A Confluence between biopolitics, securetisation and technology: The case of a gated community in Gurugram, India through the Covid-19 pandemic


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First name Indrani Middle name Last name Mukherjee
Title Dr. Organization / Institution University of Delhi Department Department of Anthropology
Address T-8,903, Parsavnath Green Ville, Sohna Road Postal / Zip code 122018 Country IN
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Abstract

Abstract title

A Confluence between biopolitics, securetisation and technology: The case of a gated community in Gurugram, India through the Covid-19 pandemic

Abstract text

The Indian Government imposed a nationwide lockdown to contain the highly contagious Covid-19 virus on March 24, 2020. What has followed since is what Foucault has recognized as ‘heterogeneous ensemble consisting of discourses, institutions, architectural forms, regulatory decisions, laws, administrative measures, scientific statements…in short, the said as much as the unsaid’, the agonistic logic that holds heterogeneous elements, knowledges and practices together, which qualified well with ‘responding to an urgent need’ (Foucault 1980).The process simultaneously resonated with the idea of Security which is inherently intersubjective and socially constructed: successful securitization depends on an audience’s willingness to accept the legitimacy of the security speech act based on the perceived existential threat that the object of securitization poses (Goldstein,2010). In this context, this paper looks at technology as a medium of influence in general and a women’s whatsapp group (of more than two hundred and fifty members) from within an urban gated community in Gurugram India, in particular to understand how the biopolitics at the level of the nation influences governances and securetisation at local level. It looks at how social networking comes together in an online space, in terms of leadership, information dissemination, voicing of opinion, charitable endeavors, support and conflict, policing and control, health and happiness and so on, in the face of a perceived threat and a forced/imposed lifestyle of restrictions.

Conference topic

Panel no. 88 - Emerging Urban Political Subjectivities: Synergies, Tensions, Contradictions and Transformations in Pluralizing Cities

Preferred format

Oral

Abstract Review

This abstract was reviewed on 2021-01-08 17:20h by th-iuaes2020

Reviewer decision

Accepted