Main Article Content
This research article studies the concepts of biopower and biopolitics in their original meaning, significance and relation with each other in order to investigate whether there is the exertion of this form of power during the pandemic. The study focuses on Thai governmental strategies coping with COVID-19 situation in Thailand. The research reveals that since biopower evaluates human bodies in society as resources, or productive forces, propelling capitalization, the exertion of biopower can be quite clearly found during the pandemic when human bodies are viewed in existential danger. The biopower is exerted by regulating norms over lives than coercing lives under laws. This form of power makes the medical knowledge (including beliefs and opinions) become authority hard to challenge. The exertion of biopower through biopolitics can be done during the pandemic and the ordinary time. It has its own paradox which leads to immense but hidden, including positive and negative, impact on Thai people.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
ศูนย์มานุษยวิทยาสิรินธร (องค์การมหาชน), กรุงเทพฯ, ประเทศไทย
copyrights@ Journal of Anthropology, Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre (JASAC)
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
You are free to:
Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.
Under the following terms:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.
No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
You do not have to comply with the license for elements of the material in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation.
No warranties are given. The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.
นฤพนธ์ ด้วงวิเศษ. 2561. “ทุนนิยมโลกของการแพทย์สมัยใหม่กับการปลุกเสกชีวิตและสุขภาพของมนุษย์”, วารสารมานุษยวิทยา, 1(1): 43-82.
Adams, R. 2017. Michel Foucault: Biopolitics and Biopower. Retrieved from https://criticallegalthinking.com/2017/05/10/michel-
foucault-biopolitics-biopower/ (12 May 2020).
Adorno, F. P. 2014. “Power over Life, Politics of Death: Forms of Resistance to Biopower in Foucault”. in Lemm, V. and Vatter, M. (eds.), The Government of Life. (pp. 98-111). New York: Fordham University Press.
Brigges, C. L., and Nichter, M. 2009. “Biocommunicability and the Biopolitics of Pandemic Threats”, Medical Anthropology, 28(3): 189-198.
Browne, S. 2019. End of Days. New York: New American Library.
Coleman, M. and Grove K. 2009. “Biopolitics, biopower, and the return of sovereignty”, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 27: 489-507.
Esposito, R. and Pettinato, S. 2011. “From the Unpolitical to Biopolitics”, Annali d’Italianistica, 29: 205-213.
Esposito, R. 2013. “Biopolitics and Philosophy”. in Welch, R. N. (trans.), Terms of the Political: Community, Immunity, Biopolitics. (pp. 67-78). New York: Fordham University Press.
Foucault, M. 1998. The Will to Knowledge. London: Penguin Books.
Foucault, M. and Others. 2020. “Coronavirus and Philosophers”, European Journal of Psychoanalysis, Retrieved from https://www.journal-psychoanalysis.eu/coronavirus-and-philosophers/... (24 April 2020).
Garrison, L. 2013. “Biopolitics: An Overview”, The Anthropology of Biopolitics, Retrieved from https://www.anthropolitics.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/biopolitics- an-overview/ (12 May 2020).
Hogan, C. M. (2012). “Viruses”, in Draggan, S. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Earth. Retrieved from https://eol.org/docs/discover/viruses (29 March 2020).
Lightsey, L. 2017. “Biopolitics and Globalization”, Globalsouthstudies, Retrieved from https://globalsouthstudies.as.virginia.edu/key-concepts/biopolitics-and-globalization (12 May 2020).
Sharma, K. 2016. “Theoretical Understanding of Biopower and Biopolitics”, Global Journal For Research Analysis, 5(7): 86-87.
Takacs, A. 2017. “Biopolitics and Biopower: The Foucauldian Approach and Its Contemporary Relevance”. in Kakuk, P. (ed.), Bioethics and Biopolitics. (pp. 3-15). AG: Springer International Publishing.