Virus government–A twenty-first-century genealogy of the ‘Dusk mask’ as biopolitical technology

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This essay provides a genealogy of the recent operations of ‘virus government’ in the United States which followed the early twenty-first-century governmental discourse about and technologization of Homeland Security and a War on Terror. Through the genealogy, the essay asks what has and has not changed during the last twenty years of governmental and biopolitical response to public safety and social security as a personal responsibility. To understand and rethink that history, the essay proposes the usefulness of considering the COVID mask as a technology of virus government and as a Liberal object.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)358-369
Number of pages12
JournalCultural Studies
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 2021


  • (Homeland) security
  • Liberal objects
  • biopower
  • governmentality
  • warfare

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Social Sciences

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