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Josef Teboho Ansorge

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190245542

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245542.001.0001

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Josef Teboho Ansorge

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245542.003.0001

This chapter discusses the book's theoretical framework and key themes. The book explores those technics—constellations of techniques (practices) and technological artefacts (tools)—used by states and other political actors to make legible, sort, and order human individuals and populations. Such technics can be understood as ways of seeing—or forms of visuality—which have been constructed by political power. The political technologies considered in this book develop through difference at the international level and fulfill an important role in recreating the international system's conditions and characteristics. Political technologies—or technics of politics—are situated as being engendered at interfaces of public and private and arising from the power differentials of the international system, in particular between the global North and the global South, in response to the challenge of the illegible other. The chapter concludes with an outline of ten theses on information technology and political power.

Keywords:   information technology, digital power, political power, visuality, international system

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