Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972-1977

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Pantheon Books, 1980 - Social Science - 270 pages
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For, as Foucault shows, what he was always describing was the nature of power in society; not the conventional treatment of power that concentrates on powerful individuals and repressive institutions, but the much more pervasive and insidious mechanisms by which power 'reaches into the very grain of individuals, touches their bodies and inserts itself into their actions and attitudes, their discourses, learning processes and everyday lives'.
  

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Review: Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972-77

User Review  - John Wilson - Goodreads

I'm actually reading the French version (Philosophie: anthologie, in Folio) not on this site. Foucault is a lively writer and sparkles with keenness. I want to read him in French because I want to hear his voice - his penetrating articulation. Read full review

Review: Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972-77

User Review  - Neil Turner - Goodreads

His ideas about power are the most abstract with the only exception being those about truth. Read full review

Contents

A Discussion with Maoists
1
Prison Talk
37
BodyPower
55
Questions on Geography
63
Two Lectures
78
Truth and Power
109
Power and Strategies
134
The Eye of Power
146
The Politics of Health in the Eighteenth Century
166
The History of Sexuality
183
The Confession of the Flesh
194
Afterword
229
Bibliography 261
260
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About the author (1980)

Michel Foucault was born on October 15, 1926, in Poitiers, France, and was educated at the Sorbonne, in Paris. He taught at colleges all across Europe, including the Universities of Lill, Uppsala, Hamburg, and Warsaw, before returning to France. There he taught at the University of Paris and the College of France, where he served as the chairman of History of Systems of Thought until his death. Regarded as one of the great French thinkers of the twentieth century, Foucault's interest was in the human sciences, areas such as psychiatry, language, literature, and intellectual history. He made significant contributions not just to the fields themselves, but to the way these areas are studied, and is particularly known for his work on the development of twentieth-century attitudes toward knowledge, sexuality, illness, and madness. Foucault's initial study of these subjects used an archaeological method, which involved sifting through seemingly unrelated scholarly minutia of a certain time period in order to reconstruct, analyze, and classify the age according to the types of knowledge that were possible during that time. This approach was used in Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason, for which Foucault received a medal from France's Center of Scientific Research in 1961, The Birth of the Clinic, The Order of Things, and The Archaeology of Knowledge. Foucault also wrote Discipline and Punishment: The Birth of the Prison, a study of the ways that society's views of crime and punishment have developed, and The History of Sexuality, which was intended to be a six-volume series. Before he could begin the final two volumes, however, Foucault died of a neurological disorder in 1984.

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