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The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality

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With Two Lectures by and an Interview with Michel Foucault

Based on Michel Foucault's 1978 and 1979 lectures at the Collège de France on governmental rationalities and his 1977 interview regarding his work on imprisonment, this volume is the long-awaited sequel to Power/Knowledge. In these lectures, Foucault examines the art or activity of government both in its present for
Paperback, 318 pages
Published July 9th 1991 by University of Chicago Press
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May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the things a friend of mine at work says you need to do if you are to become an academic is to be cited a lot. And one way to get cited a lot is to come up with a new word that people find hard to avoid using. Because if they need to use it they are going to have to cite your work and the new maxim in academia (taking over from publish or perish) is be visible or vanish. Foucault was ‘ahead of the curve’ here coming up with governmentality.

Governmentality means a lot of different things,
Michael Schadinger
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Want to add depth and sophistication to your understanding of liberalism? Need to understand the difference between classical liberalism and neoliberalism? This book is a companion to Foucault's lecture series titled, "Birth of Biopolitics." Read both. There is something for everyone in this collection of essays, which ranges from topics of insurance to criminal law to statistics. Foucault and his protégés discuss liberalism in terms of the techniques of "governmentality" that emerge in liberal ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A MUST READ! Using an amalgam of M.F's work on "GovernMentality", emphasized from his lectures )now published) and framed by "Foufaultian" acolytes and, in particular,imput from those who knew the work and man well, it is a useful discourse applicable today. Where will your schema take you?
Garrett Hoffman
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Good overview of governmentality and a lot of Foucault's other work. Some authors in this anthology I think may have stretched some of his ideas too far, though. But, what do I know?
Sam Grace
Jan 27, 2011 marked it as to-read
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Pete says that the introduction is a must-read and a good summary of what's to come.
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Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, social theorist and historian of ideas. He held a chair at the Collège de France with the title "History of Systems of Thought," and lectured at the University at Buffalo and the University of California, Berkeley.

Foucault is best known for his critical studies of social institutions, most notably psychiatry, medicine, the human sciences and the prison sys
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“Finally, this principle and its corollary lead to a conclusion, deduced as an imperative: that the objective of the exercise of power is to reinforce, strengthen and protect the principality, but with this last understood to mean not the objective ensemble of its subjects and territory, but rather the prince's relation with what he owns, with the territory he has inherited or acquired, and with his subjects.” 6 likes
“Government is defined as a right manner of disposing things so as to lead not to the form of the common good, as the jurists' texts would have said, but to an end which is 'convenient' for each of the things that are to governed. This implies a plurality of specific aims: for instance, government will have t ensure that the greatest possible quantity of wealth is produced, that the people are provided with sufficient means of subsistence, that the population in enabled to multiply, etc. There is a whole series of specific finalities, then, which become the objective of government as such. In order to achieve these various finalities, things be disposed - and this term, [i] dispose [/i], is important because with sovereignity the instrument that allowed it to achieve its aim - that is to say, obedience to the laws - was the law itself; law and sovereignity were absolutely inseparable.” 4 likes
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