Re/-Production: Identity, Queer, and Labor in the Work of Angela Mitropoulos

  • Jovita Pristovšek Academy of Visual Arts Ljubljana
Keywords: bio/-necropolitics, re/-production, oikonomia, identity, labour

Abstract

The following paper analyses the status of identity, queer, and labor in relation to re-/production, as shown in the recently published book by Angela Mitropoulos, entitled Contract and Contagion. From Biopolitics to Oikonomia (2012). The aim of this paper is to suggest that oikonomia, as elaborated by Mitropoulos, is a biopolitical heterosexual oikonomia, where we should emphasize its necropolitical intensification that reaches beyond the border of the biopolitical, meaning that it literally breeds death (necro), or in other words, the state reproduces itself by extracting the surplus value from death and war machines. The above transformation will be – in reference to the formulation of Marina Gržinić – called “necropolitical intensification of biopolitics” – while at the same time pointing also to two triads of reproduction of capital/sex/labor and race that are the one of necessity/contingency/value and the other of debt/risk/law of value. My intention is to show how the sexual reproduction is incorporated into the capitalist system through the maximization of the theory of value.

Author(s): Jovita Pristovšek

Title (English): Re/-Production: Identity, Queer, and Labor in the Work of Angela Mitropoulos

Journal Reference: Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, Vol. 10, No. 1-2 (Summer-Winter 2013)

Publisher: Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities – Skopje 

Page Range: 20-28

Page Count: 9

Citation (English): Jovita Pristovšek, “Re/-Production: Identity, Queer, and Labor in the Work of Angela Mitropoulos,” Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, Vol. 10, No. 1-2 (Summer-Winter 2013): 20-28.

Author Biography

Jovita Pristovšek, Academy of Visual Arts Ljubljana

Lecturer at the A.V.A., Academy of Visual Arts Ljubljana, and a PhD student at the Post-graduate School in Nova Gorica, Slovenia.

Published
2013-01-01
How to Cite
Pristovšek, J. (2013). Re/-Production: Identity, Queer, and Labor in the Work of Angela Mitropoulos. Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, 10(1-2), 20-28. Retrieved from http://www.identitiesjournal.edu.mk/index.php/IJPGC/article/view/274