North American necropowers not only profit from death, but also conduct disposable populations to death throughout the region. The volume proposes a postcolonial perspective that characterizes the political power of North America as a necropower—or the sovereign power to make die. Each chapter therefore theorizes and analyzes the specificities of necropower, examining different necropolitics that range from asylum and migration restrictions to the economic exploitation and abandonment of deprived populations and policing of ethnic minorities, in particular Mexican immigrants, indigenous peoples, and African American communities.
Ariadna Estévez is Professor at the Centre for Research on North America of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She teaches human rights, forced migration, and biopolitical and necropolitical research methodologies at UNAM’s Faculty of Political and Social Sciences; human rights critical perspectives at the Instituto de Estudios Críticos 17; and human rights from a feminist perspective at the Instituto Simone de Beauvoir. She is the author of Necropolitical Wars and Asylum Biopolitics in North America (2018) and Human Rights, Migration and Social Conflict: Towards a Decolonized Global Justice (2012).