Security, Territory, Population: Lectures at the Collège de France : 1977-78

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 - Political science - 417 pages
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Marking a major development in Foucault's thinking, this book takes as its starting point the notion of "biopower," studying the foundations of this new technology of power over populations. Distinct from punitive disciplinary systems, the mechanisms of power are here finely entwined with the technologies of security. In this volume, though, Foucault begins to turn his attention to the history of "governmentality," from the first centuries of the Christian era to the emergence of the modern nation state--shifting the center of gravity of the lectures from the question of biopower to that of government. In light of Foucault's later work, these lectures illustrate a radical turning point at which the transition to the problematic of the "government of self and others" would begin.

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Review: Lectures at the College de France, 1977-78: Security, Territory and Population (Lectures at the Collège de France)

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Compelling account of the history of the notions of freedom and governance which we take for granted today. Read full review

Review: Lectures at the College de France, 1977-78: Security, Territory and Population (Lectures at the Collège de France)

User Review  - Yang - Goodreads

Excellent lectures that help us understand how Foucault sees the intimate relation between the problem of power and the problem of ethics. Here we also observe his excellent analyses of a historical ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

MICHEL FOUCAULT, acknowledged as the pre-eminent philosopher of France in the 1970s and 1980s, continues to have enormous impact throughout the world in many disciplines.

ARNOLD I. DAVIDSON is Series Editor, and teaches Philosophy, Divinity, Comparative Literature, and History of Science at the University of Chicago, USA. He is Executive Director of the journal, Critical Inquiry and Co-editor of the anthology, Michel Foucault: Philosophie.

GRAHAM BURCHELL is Translator, and has written essays on Michel Foucault and is an Editor of The Foucault Effect.

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