'Doggy-biopolitics’: Governing via the First Dog
2016 (English)In: Organization, ISSN 1350-5084, E-ISSN 1461-7323Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Biopolitics, traditionally understood as management of the human population, has been extended to include nonhuman animal life and posthuman life. In this article, we turn to literatures that advance Foucauldian biopolitics to explore the mode of government enabled by the dog of the US presidential family – the First Dog called Bo Obama. With analytical focus on vitalisation efforts, we follow the construction of Bo in various outlets, such as the websites of the White House and an animal rights organisation. Bo’s microphysical escapades and the negotiation thereof show how contemporary biopolitics, which targets the vitality of the dog population, is linked to seductive neoliberal management techniques and subjectivities. We discuss ‘cuddly management’ in relation to Foucauldian scholarship within organisation and management studies and propose that the construction of Bo facilitates interspecies family norms and an empathic embrace of difference circumscribed by vitalisation efforts that we pinpoint as ‘doggy-biopolics'.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Animal Studies, domestic animals, First Dog, management techniques, Michel Foucault, posthuman biopolitics, US governing
Engineering and Technology
Research subject Engineering Science with specialization in industrial engineering and management
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304657DOI: 10.1177/1350508416666938OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-304657DiVA: diva2:1033382