What is it about?

The Walking Dead has become a cult hit for AMC and this paper examines how the show represents governance and power. It asks how those deemed “in charge” exercise power and control to discipline, to punish, and to provide security for the few remaining survivors in a post-apocalyptic world.

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Why is it important?

The Walking Dead offers a metaphor for the potential uses of power in biological, environmental, or natural disaster situations where survivors grapple with scarce resources and the constant presence of death. The discussion in this article is especially important and timely in a global context grappling with a pandemic virus, COVID-19.

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This page is a summary of: Necropolitics in a post-apocalyptic zombie diaspora: The case of AMC’s The Walking Dead, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, January 2021, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/17449855.2020.1866265.
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