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)

User Review  - Alex Lewis - Goodreads

This is another very good book from the philosopher Michel Foucault, who in this lecture series basically establishes a genealogy for the modern state, looking at security, territory, and population ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Rich Hancuff - Goodreads

Foucault starts with a relatively simple example of grain supply and then goes into what seems entirely unrelated investigations of sovereign power, the art of government, raison d'Etat, and the ... Read full review

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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