Jaakko Turunen (2018)

Sovereign power and refugees in the Polish parliament

Zeitschrift Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe
Abkürzung der Zeitschrift JCCEE
Heftnummer/Volume 26: 2-3(2018)
Seitenzahl(en) 109-125

ISSN: Print 2573-9638, Online 2573-9646

This paper shows that contemporary Polish politics under the tutelage of Law and Justice (PiS) can fruitfully be analysed as a biopolitical production of political subjects. Drawing on Giorgio Agamben's take on biopolitics, this paper asks how biopolitics and sovereign power materialized in two recent Polish parliamentary debates on EU sanctioned refugee quotas. The paper uses linguistic tropes to operationalize sovereign power and applies them to the analysis. The findings demonstrate the centrality of contingent factors in the ways to which biopolitics materializes in the debates and reveals the radically politicizing effects for a contemporary democratic system.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/25739638.2018.1526489