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Foucault's analysis of modern governmentality: a critique of political reason

By: Lemke, Thomas.
Contributor(s): Butler, Erik [Translator].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London Verso 2019Description: xvii, 445 p. Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN: 9781786636454.Subject(s): Political science - Philosophy | Political and social views | Foucault, Michel, 1926-1984DDC classification: 320.01 Summary: Tracking the development of Foucault’s key concepts. Lemke offers the most comprehensive and systematic account of Michel Foucault’s work on power and government from 1970 until his death in 1984. He convincingly argues, using material that has only partly been translated into English, that Foucault’s concern with ethics and forms of subjectivation is always already integrated into his political concerns and his analytics of power. The book also shows how the concept of government was taken up in different lines of research in France before it gave rise to “governmentality studies” in the anglophone world. A Critique of Political Reason provides a clear and well-structured exposition that is theoretically challenging but also accessible for a wider audience. Thus, the book can be read both as an original examination of Foucault’s concept of government and as a general introduction to his “genealogy of power’. https://www.versobooks.com/books/2830-foucault-s-analysis-of-modern-governmentality
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Table of contents

pt. I The Microphysics of Power
1.From the Archaeology of Knowledge to the Problem of Power
The Problem of Knowledge
A General Theory of Discursive Practices
Discourse and Power
2.The Genealogy of Power
`Daily Struggles at the Grass-Roots Level': May 1968
Le Groupe d'Information sur les Prisons
Critique and Crisis: The Prison Question
3.Discipline: The Political Anatomy of the Body
The Prison as Technology: Discipline
The Prison as Strategy: Delinquency
4.Nietzsche's Hypothesis
Beyond Repression and Ideology: The Concept of Power-Knowledge
The King's Head: The Juridical Conception of Power
War and Struggle: The Strategic Conception of Power
5.The `Disciplination' of Power Analysis
Subjectivity and Resistance
The Microphysics and Macrophysics of Power
pt. II Governmentality
6.From Discipline to Government
The Repressive Hypothesis
The War Hypothesis
The Problematic of Biopower
Contents note continued: The Concept of Government
7.The Genealogy of the Modern State
The Government of Souls: The Christian Pastorate
The Government of Human Beings
The Liberal Art of Government
Dispositives of Security
8.The Government of Society: The Invention of the Social
The Government of Poverty: The Social Question
The Birth of Security Society
The Defence of Society
9.The Government of Individuals: Neoliberalism
`Inequality Is Equal for All': Ordoliberalism and the German Model
The Social as a Form of the Economic: The Chicago School
Autonomy and Self-Government
pt. III Politics and Ethics
10.From the History of Sexuality to the Genealogy of Ethics
Technologies of the Self
Subjectivity and Experience
Morality and Ethics
11.The Genealogy of the Modern Subject
Aesthetics of Existence: The Art of Living in Classical Greece
The Culture of the Self: Hellenistic-Roman Ethics
Contents note continued: The Hermeneutics of Desire: Morality and Ethics in Christianity
12.Subjectivity and Power
Unholy Subjectivism?
Power as `Conducting Conducts'
Excursus: The Iranian Revolution
13.The Problem of Truth
The Politics of Truth
A History of Truth: Historical Nominalism
The Concept of Problematization
Fiction and Construction
14.An Answer to the Question: What is Critique?
The Genealogy of Critique
What Is Enlightenment?
The Critical Attitude
What Is Maturity?
`By Way of Conclusion'.

Tracking the development of Foucault’s key concepts.
Lemke offers the most comprehensive and systematic account of Michel Foucault’s work on power and government from 1970 until his death in 1984. He convincingly argues, using material that has only partly been translated into English, that Foucault’s concern with ethics and forms of subjectivation is always already integrated into his political concerns and his analytics of power. The book also shows how the concept of government was taken up in different lines of research in France before it gave rise to “governmentality studies” in the anglophone world. A Critique of Political Reason provides a clear and well-structured exposition that is theoretically challenging but also accessible for a wider audience. Thus, the book can be read both as an original examination of Foucault’s concept of government and as a general introduction to his “genealogy of power’.

https://www.versobooks.com/books/2830-foucault-s-analysis-of-modern-governmentality

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