Atavistic Core of Postmodern Totalitarianism. Depoliticization of Death and the Sovereignty of Capitalism

Šefik Tatlić


Although the First World, in the light of decay of geopolitical unipolarity of the world, did not become the undisputed master, it has managed to install its own epistemological and ideological principles at the core of capitalist modernity and all social-political regimes that accepted it as universal modernity. These principles, however, don't originate from the process of transcending premodern epistemological logics, but from their extending into contemporaneity, which meant that politics was actually collapsed into being a mere extension of pre-modern epistemological normatives. As a result, death, as the plethora of recent imperial aggressions in the Middle East and North Africa testify to, did not become just a residue of hegemonization of global capitalism, it became a technology of social differentiation and a conceptual category/practice that obscenely reinvents politics as the instrument of imposition of death; as the extension of the ideology that depoliticizes death and as the instrument of providing ideological purpose to the capitalist system of power.


Article received: June 2, 2017; Article accepted: June 12, 2017; Published online: October 15, 2017; Original scholarly paper

How to cite this article: Tatlić, Šefik. "Atavistic Core of Postmodern Totalitarianism. Depoliticization of Death and the Sovereignty of Capitalism." AM Journal of Art and Media Studies 14 (2017): 57-68. doi: 10.25038/am.v0i14.213 


death, necropolitics, capitalism, sovereignty, racism, atavism, capitalist modernity, colonialism

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