(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Between tragedy and farce : 9/11 compensation and the value of life and death

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

GILBERT E. (1) ; PONDER C. (2) ;
(1) Dept. of Geography and Planning, Univ., Toronto, CANADA
(2) Cultural Studies, Trent Univ., Peterborough, CANADA


This paper examines how lives have been valued in the US federal compensation programs set up in the wake of 9/11 in New York. Firstly, it presents the Victim Compensation Fund, implemented within days of the attacks, which provided unlimited funds to the victims. Secondly, it examines the Zadroga Act, which extends compensation to the workers and others who developed illnesses later. Thirdly, it compares and contrasts the two programs and demonstrates that the debates around compensation lay bare the differential values that are ascribed to life, and how biopower not only fosters life but abandons some to the point of death. It concludes thus that war is not just destructive, but can be used to reconstitute the social and political in unanticipated ways


Article of periodic

published at : Antipode / ISSN 0066-4812

Editor : Blackwell, Oxford - ROYAUME-UNI (1969)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 46, no2 [pp. 404-425]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.



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