Foucault Beyond Foucault: Power and Its Intensifications since 1984

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Stanford University Press, Nov 12, 2007 - Philosophy - 152 pages
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In Foucault Beyond Foucault Jeffrey Nealon argues that critics have too hastily abandoned Foucault's mid-career reflections on power, and offers a revisionist reading of the philosopher's middle and later works. Retracing power's "intensification" in Foucault, Nealon argues that forms of political power remain central to Foucault's concerns. He allows us to reread Foucault's own conceptual itinerary and, more importantly, to think about how we might respond to the mutations of power that have taken place since the philosopher's death in 1984. In this, the book stages an overdue encounter between Foucault and post-Marxist economic history.

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This book is kind of a disappointment. Nealon promises initially some really great things, but doesn't deliver on them. He tells us he's going to extend Foucault's mid-1970s political analysis, particularly into economics, but doesn't do it. Rather, he riffs on Foucault and rehashes some widely circulating points that aren't particularly Foucauldian, but sound more like Hardt and Negri. 


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Jeffrey T. Nealon is Professor of English at Penn State University. He is the author of Double Reading: Postmodernism after Deconstruction (1993), Alterity Politics: Ethics and Performative Subjectivity (1998), and The Theory Toolbox (2003).

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