Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1177/1357034X0394005
Title: The Curious Logic of the Hinge and the (Post)Colonial Military Body
Authors: Bishop, R. 
Phillips, J. 
Issue Date: 2003
Source: Bishop, R., Phillips, J. (2003). The Curious Logic of the Hinge and the (Post)Colonial Military Body. Body & Society 9 (4) : 69-88. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1177/1357034X0394005
Abstract: This article considers the capacity of the military body to appropriate various modes of power, personnel & material, in terms of the tache. In particular we examine the (post)colonial military body, especially in Southeast Asia, & its intimate relations to the detachment of the colonial state from the colonial body & attachment to the global regimes of Cold War & neo-liberal post Cold War processes. We do so through a wide range of 'texts' - including a Conrad novella, a Singaporean documentary series, transformers (toys), & international money laundering - in which the defining logic that the (post)colonial military body deploys is its capacity to attach & detach at will. A series of related & homologous attachments & detachments proceed from this capacity: the power of sovereignty, the generation & circulation of capital, & the transformation of the colonial military body into the postcolonial military body. However, it is also the logic of this empowering connectivity that imposes intractable limits on the desire for ultimate control, as the tache always indicates something beyond the corpus, something outside the locus of control. ©2003 Sage Publications Ltd.
Source Title: Body & Society
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/130236
ISSN: 1357034X
DOI: 10.1177/1357034X0394005
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