The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality

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Michel Foucault, Graham Burchell, Colin Gordon, Peter Miller
University of Chicago Press, Jul 9, 1991 - Philosophy - 307 pages
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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.
  

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A MUST READ! Using an amalgam of MF's work on "GovernMentality", emphasized from his lectures )now published) and framed by "Foufaultian" acolytes and, in particular,imput from those who knew the work and man well, it is a useful discourse applicable today. Where will your schema take you? Read full review

Contents

Politics and the Study of Discourse
53
Questions of Method
73
Governmentality
87
The Genealogy of Capital Police
105
Civil Society and Governing The System
119
Social Economy and the Government of Poverty
151
The Mobilization of Society
169
Insurance and Risk
197
Popular Life and Insurance Technology
211
The Birth of a Special Knowledge
235
Pleasure in Work
251
From Dangerousness to Risk
281
Index
299
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About the author (1991)

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.


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