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Sovereign matrices : the disposition matrix, the state of exception, and the fate of public deliberation
Zachary Thomas Parker
December 12, 2014
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Heather Ashley Hayes
Drawing heavily from the theories of Kenneth Burke, G. Thomas Goodnight, and Giorgio Agamben, this paper contends that the disposition matrix as an apparatus of targeted killing policy has transformed how sovereign power is exercised by the US government. I examine the matrix as a case study of how the state of exception is made manifest, arguing that important rhetorical choices are made in how targets are presented by the matrix. These choices serve to perpetuate the necessity of the matrix, transferring sovereign power out of the hands of humans and into the matrix.