The Foucault Reader
Michel Foucault was one of the most influential thinkers in the contemporary world, someone whose work has affected the teaching of half a dozen disciplines ranging from literary criticism to the history of criminology. But of his many books, not one offers a satisfactory introduction to the entire complex body of his work. The Foucault Reader was commissioned precisely to serve that purpose.
The Reader contains selections from each area of Foucault's work as well as a wealth of previously unpublished writings, including important material written especially for this volume, the preface to the long-awaited second volume of The History of Sexuality, and interviews with Foucault himself, in the course of which he discussed his philosophy at first hand and with unprecedented candor.
This philosophy comprises an astonishing intellectual enterprise: a minute and ongoing investigation of the nature of power in society. Foucault's analyses of this power as it manifests itself in society, schools, hospitals, factories, homes, families, and other forms of organized society are brought together in The Foucault Reader to create an overview of this theme and of the broad social and political vision that underlies it.
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I think perhaps Rabinow and Prado (and a few others) have the best comprehension of Foucault's work. Read full review
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Much challenge of thought for my working-class, under-nourished, repressed, ex-women's magazines reading brain. My think's under re-construction, a leap to maturation and an undergoing of serious, rational think. My empty-tick-ed womb cries hooray, NO BABY, SUCH BOOK. Read full review
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