Foucault And Political Reason: Liberalism, Neo-Liberalism And The Rationalities Of Government

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Foucault is often thought to have a great deal to say about the history of madness and sexuality, but little in terms of a general analysis of government and the state.; This volume draws on Foucault's own research to challenge this view, demonstrating the central importance of his work for the study of contemporary politics.; It focuses on liberalism and neo- liberalism, questioning the conceptual opposition of freedom/constraint, state/market and public/private that inform ...

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Overview

Foucault is often thought to have a great deal to say about the history of madness and sexuality, but little in terms of a general analysis of government and the state.; This volume draws on Foucault's own research to challenge this view, demonstrating the central importance of his work for the study of contemporary politics.; It focuses on liberalism and neo- liberalism, questioning the conceptual opposition of freedom/constraint, state/market and public/private that inform liberal thought.

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Without attempting a comprehensive analysis of liberalism or neo- liberalism, 12 essays propose some new ways of anatomizing political reason after the crumbling of state socialism. The topics include techniques of the self, the performance of freedom, security and vitality, lines of communication and spaces of rule, risk and responsibility, and self-government and self- esteem. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781857284324
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/29/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of contributors
Introduction 1
1 Liberal government and techniques of the self 19
2 Governing "advanced" liberal democracies 37
3 Liberalism, socialism and democracy: variations on a governmental theme 65
4 The promise of liberalism and the performance of freedom 81
5 Security and vitality: drains, liberalism and power in the nineteenth century 99
6 Lines of communication and spaces of rule 123
7 Assembling the school 143
8 Governing the city: liberalism and early modern modes of governance 167
9 Risk and responsibility 189
10 Foucault, government and the enfolding of authority 209
11 Revolutions within: self-government and self-esteem 231
12 Foucault in Britain 253
Index 271
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