[artinfo] Kenneth Webin: The List Serves-Population Control and Power

Geert Lovink geert at xs4all.nl
Tue Feb 14 14:54:51 CET 2017

Kenneth Webin: The List Serves--Population Control and Power
With a Preface by Geert Lovink
Institute of Network Cultures, Theory on Demand #22


Inspired by taxonomist Jack Goody's theorizing of 'ancient lists' as 
'intellectual technologies', this book analyzes listing practices in 
modern and contemporary formations of power, and how they operate in 
the installation and securing of the milieus of circulation that 
characterize Michel Foucault's conception of governmentality. 
Propelling the list's role in the delimitation and policing of risky 
and threatening elements from out of history and into a contemporary 
analysis of power, this work demonstrates how assemblages of 
computer, statistical, and list technologies first deployed by the 
Nazi regime continue to resonate significantly in the segmenting and 
constitution of a critical classification of contemporary homo 
sapiens: the terrorist class, or homo sacer.

Kenneth C. Werbin is an Associate Professor of Digital Media and 
Journalism at Wilfrid Laurier University's Brantford Campus (Canada). 
His research focuses broadly on questions surrounding digital and 
social media, commodification and surveillance.

Edited By: Miriam Rasch. Cover design: Katja van Stiphout. DTP: 
Leonieke van Dipten. EPUB development: Leonieke van Dipten. Printer: 
Print on Demand. Publisher: Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 
2017. ISBN: 978-94-92302-15-1, paperback, 182 pages.

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