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Ecopolitics: planetary governmentality, new institutionalizations and resistances in the society of control

Grant number: 08/58852-4
Support type:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: March 01, 2010 - February 28, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science - Political Theory
Principal Investigator:Edson Passetti
Grantee:Edson Passetti
Home Institution: Pró-Reitoria de Pós-Graduação (PRPG). Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):13/19790-1 - World market for waste ánd “The technologies of human misery, BP.PD
12/15569-6 - PNUD and PNUMA under the ecopolitics: institutionalizations and monitorings, BP.IC
12/16376-7 - Cromatófaro - human security ánd global, BP.IC
12/14378-2 - Security policies ín South America: “The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) ánd “The South American Defense Council (CDs), BP.IC
12/15024-0 - Metamorphoses of indiscipline - disorders ín “The classroom, BP.DR


This thematic research project is related to the genealogical analysis of power. Its primary objective is to analyze the shift from biopolitics - control over the life of the population - in the disciplinary society, to ecopolitics-control over the life of the planet - in the society of control, with special interest in Brazil. We are currently facing a way to exercise control that is less interested in the utility and docility of the body than it is interested in its intelligence; which surpasses determined boundaries, provokes events in continuous spaces, and participates in the production and in the decision in a programmatic manner. The ongoing institutionalization presents itself as an aspect of the society of control in which democratic practices prevail. In this sense, the research is shifted from the relation power-knowledge to government-truth and takes the researcher out of the clear relation surface-depth, based on gravity, to the same relation in the sidereal space, where surfaces vary according to a perspective. The discussion on the notion of ecopolitics will encompass cartographic fluxes of singular and intermittent resistances from the perspective of its emergences, captures and lines of escape. The research will be undertaken by singular movements contiguous to fluxes of multiplicities among rights, security, environment, penalizations in open air. The research will articulate two movements of fluxes: mapping of unfinished institutionalizations and cartography of singular and intermittent resistances. (AU)