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Context, Structure, and Application – How does genetic testing challenge the Foucaldian model of biopower?

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Autori: Nicolae Morar

Editorial: Romanian Journal of Bioethics, Aprilie, 2006.


The main purpose of my paper is to show how the biopower model was born and to emphasize its strong actuality. Using the genealogical discursive explanation of this political structure, I would like to give a partial answer to Habermas’s critiques about the cryptonormative Foucaultian political philosophy. In order to explain an accurate functional evaluation of this model, it is necessary to point out three main aspects: (1) the birth of biopower as a form of political control over basic biological processes of a population, in the English medical and political environment of the nineteenth century, (2) Foucault’s interpretation about this political model seen as an analytical structure of biopower (population, norm, and racial discrimination), and (3) contemporary genetic testing understood as an update of the same political power. If this model is functional in our societies we might be able to foretell the future consequences of this genetic phenomenon.

Cuvinte cheie: biopower, genetic testing, bioethics