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The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality: With Two Lectures by and an Interview with Michel Foucault

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Based on Michel Foucault's 1978 and 1979 lectures at the Collège de France on governmental rationalities and his 1977 interview regarding his work on imprisonment, this volume is the long-awaited sequel to Power/Knowledge. In these lectures, Foucault examines the art or activity of government both in its present form and within a historical perspective as well as the different ways governmentality has been made thinkable and practicable.

Foucault's thoughts on political discourse and governmentality are supplemented by the essays of internationally renowned scholars. United by the common influence of Foucault's approach, they explore the many modern manifestations of government: the reason of state, police, liberalism, security, social economy, insurance, solidarity, welfare, risk management, and more. The central theme is that the object and the activity of government are not instinctive and natural things, but things that have been invented and learned.

The Foucault Effect analyzes the thought behind practices of government and argues that criticism represents a true force for change in attitudes and actions, and that extending the limits of some practices allows the invention of others. This unique and extraordinarily useful collection of articles and primary materials will open the way for a whole new set of discussions of the work of Michel Foucault as well as the status of liberalism, social policy, and insurance.

About the Author

Graham Burchell, a contributor to Radical Philosophy and Ideology and Consciousness, is a freelance researcher and translator. Colin Gordon, a former research assistant to Michel Foucault at the College de France, is the editor and translator of Foucault's Power/Knowledge and translator of The Philosophical Imaginary by Michelle LeDoeuff. Peter Miller serves as convener of the Department of Accounting and Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Preface

1. Governmental Rationality: An Introduction

Colin Gordon

2. Politics and the Study of Discourse

Michel Foucault

3. Questions of Method

Michel Foucault

4. Governmentality

Michel Foucault

5. Theatrum Politicum: The Genealogy of Capital - Police and the State of Prosperity

Pasquale Pasquino

6. Peculiar Interests: Civil Society and Governing 'The System of Natural Liberty'

Graham Burchell

7. Social Economy and the Government of Poverty

Giovanna Procacci

8. The Mobilization of Society

Jacques Donzelot

9. How Should We Do the History of Statistics?

Ian Hacking

10. Insurance and Risk

Francois Ewald

11. 'Popular Life' and Insurance Technology

Daniel Defert

12. Criminology: The Birth of a Special Knowledge

Pasquale Pasquino

13. Pleasure in Work

Jacques Donzelot

14. From Dangerousness to Risk

Robert Castel

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226080451
Editor:
Miller, Peter; Burchell, Graham; Gordon, Colin
Editor:
Gordon, Colin
Editor:
Miller, Peter
Editor:
Burchell, Graham; Gordon, Colin; Miller, Peter
Editor:
Burchell, Graham
Editor:
Gordon, Colin
Author:
Gordon, Colin
Author:
Miller, Peter
Author:
Burchell, Graham
Editor:
Gordon, Colin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Communism & Socialism
Subject:
Foucault, michel, 1926-1984
Subject:
Welfare state
Subject:
Reason of state.
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
143
Publication Date:
19910731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
318
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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