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Governing the Soul is now widely recognized as one of the founding texts in a new approach to analyzing the links between political power, expertise and the self. This governmentality perspective has had important implications for a range of academic disciplines including criminology, political theory, sociology and psychology and has generated much theoretical innovation ...more
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Published June 19th 1999 by Free Association Books (first published January 1st 1989)
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Michael Burnam-Fink
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Shelves: 2013, academic
In Governing the Soul, Rose ably uses Foucauldian theory to examine the creation of the modern citizen. A person with desires, neuroses, and ambitions, at once an autonomous being and the target of technical interventions from a wide range of psychological and para-psychological experts working at the behest of the state, corporations, and schools. Each of the chapter is rather brief and very Anglo-centric, but in total they offer a rather full and complex picture of Foucauldian subjectivity, an ...more
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Shelves: sociology
Academicians who deal with "psychological and behavioral science" should read this book and reflect on their own academic career and project of knowledge. Basically an application of Foucauldian analysis in studying the rise of psychological knowledge, by means of which the knowledge of "subjectivity" is advanced with greater precision in accordance with the demand of contemporary governmentality. ...more
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