CAMP, DISPLACEMENT SOVEREIGN AND STATE OF EXCEPTION: AN AGAMBEN STUDY OF REFUGEES IN “EXIT WEST”
Agamben (1998) through the figure of ‘refugee’ illustrates his construct on bare life, camp, state of exception, sovereignty. The narratives of the encamped refugees portray them as homines sacri as ‘zoe’ sans ‘bios’ living at the bare level of necessity. Refugees are subjected to modern day techniques of sovereignty including violence which Foucault (2007) dubbed as ‘governmentality’ are employed to control, dominate and subdue them. The refugees in “Exit West” (2017) can be seen as ‘biopolitical’ subjects that can be controlled and regulated as subpopulation in ‘state of exception outside the ambit of routine legal framework.
Keywords: Camp, Displacement, Sovereignty, State, Refugees.
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