Resilient Life Deployment in the Automobilized Society: The Governmentality of Road Traffic Safety in Taiwan
This article discusses the governmentality of road safety in Taiwan by drawing upon notions of Foucault’s life politics, Virilio’s speed politics, automobilized society and prosthetic-resilient life. The author first outlines Taiwanese road safety as a problematized issue with specific regime of governance. The diversion of different traffic flows, the operation of insurance, the establishment of monitoring system and the shaping of appropriate subjects are identified as the core elements for the rationale and deployment behind the governmentality of road safety, and embodied as infrastructure. The author argues that each person might be injured by traffic accidents and thus is embedded in a risky situation which is fundamental to the automobilized society. However, the differentiated status of resilient life covers this fundamental situation and building into it a cycle of time, currency, and life. Finally, it is argued that there moreover exists the dual politics of death for the automobilized society that reveal the inherent tensions in the governmentality or life politics of road safety.