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Foucault and Political Reason: Liberalism, Neo-Liberalism, and Rationalities of Government

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Overview

Despite the enormous influence of Michel Foucault on gender studies, social theory, and cultural studies, his work has been relatively neglected in the study of politics. Although he never published a book on the state, in the late 1970s Foucault examined the technologies of power used to regulate society and the ingenious recasting of power and agency that he saw as both consequence and condition of their operation. These twelve essays provide a critical introduction to Foucault's work on politics, exploring its relevance to past and current thinking about liberal and neo-liberal forms of government. Moving away from the great texts of liberal political philosophy, this book looks closely at the technical means with which the ideals of liberal political rationalities have been put into practice in such areas as schools, welfare, the insurance industry, and the self-esteem movement in California.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226038254
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (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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