Governmentality, Biopower, and Everyday Life

Governmentality, Biopower, and Everyday Life

by Majia Holmer Nadesan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415958547

ISBN-13: 9780415958547

Pub. Date: 05/20/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Governmentality, Biopower, and Everyday Life synthesizes and extends the disparate strands of scholarship on Foucault's notions of governmentality and biopower and grounds them in familiar social contexts including the private realm, the market, and the state/military. Topics include public health, genomics, behavioral genetics, neoliberal market logics

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Governmentality, Biopower, and Everyday Life synthesizes and extends the disparate strands of scholarship on Foucault's notions of governmentality and biopower and grounds them in familiar social contexts including the private realm, the market, and the state/military. Topics include public health, genomics, behavioral genetics, neoliberal market logics and technologies, philanthropy, and the war on terror.

This book is designed for readers interested in a rigorous, comprehensive introduction to the wide array of interdisciplinary work focusing on Foucault, biopower and governmentality. However, Nadesan does not merely reproduce existing literatures but also responds to implicit critiques made by Cultural Studies and Marxist scholarship concerning identity politics, political economy, and sovereign force and disciplinary control. Using concrete examples and detailed illustrations throughout, this book extends the extant literature on governmentality and biopower and helps shape our understanding of everyday life under neoliberalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415958547
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/20/2008
Series:
Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought Series
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction. Governmentality. Assumptions and Methods. Chapters 2. Liberal Governmentalities. Liberal Governmentalities. The Liberal State: A Genealogy of Early Modernism. Pastoral Power, Biopower and the Liberal Welfare State. Neoliberal Enterprise and Neoconservative Governmentalities. Neoliberal Governmental: Enterprise and Risk. Neoconservative and Christian Pastoral Government. Diffusions 3. Governing the Self-Regulating Market. Markets, Mercantilism and Laissez-Faire Government. Markets, Mercantilism, and Circulation. Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: Joint-Stock Companies, Trading, and Law. Laissez-Faire Government: A Philosophy of Wealth and Poverty. Nineteenth Century Markets: Corporatization and Colonialism. A Genealogy of the American Corporation. Governing “Protected” Markets. Gold Standard Market Government. Nineteenth Century Problematics of Government. Governing Economic Risk: From Laissez-Faire to the Welfare State. The End of Laissez-Faire and the Welfare State. Finance, Fordism and the Welfare State. Neoliberalism: Enterprise and Risk. U.S. Neoliberalism. Globalizing Neoliberalism. Neoliberal Authorities, Risks, and Global Flows. Neoliberal Policy, Corporate Government, and the Population. Neoliberal Market Government and Biopolitical Crises 4. Governing Population: Biopower, Risk, and the Politics of Health. The Birth of Biopolitics and Foucault’s Genealogy of Social Medicine. The Diseased Body: Transformations in Understanding. Social Medicine: From Sanitary Science to the Science of the Germ. The Surveillance Model of Medicine: From the Germ to Eugenics. Twentieth Century Social-Surveillance Medicine. From Social-Welfare Governmentality to Neoliberal Technologies of Health Government. Conservative Government of Health Risk. Twentieth Century Genetics and Genomics. Genes, Genetic Analysis and Genomic Analysis. Genetic Engineering. Genetic Biopolitics. Contesting Health: Biopolitics and Marketization 5. Governing Population: Mind and Brain as Governmental Spaces. Madness, Criminology and Eugenics: Nineteenth Century Dividing Practices. Madness: From Moral Pathology to Biological Psychiatry. The Biologization of Criminal Degeneracy and the Development of Eugenics. Twentieth Century Biopower: From Normalization to Optimization. Mental Hygiene, Normalization, and Development of Technologies of the Self. From Normalization to Optimization: Mental Health and Human Development in the Welfare State. Governing the Brain: Behavioral Genetics, Psychopharmacology and Cognitive Neuroscience. Behavioral Genetics. Psychopharmacology. Neurological Visibility. Governing Difference: Self-Government, Disciplinarity, and the Society of Control 6. Biopower, Sovereignty, and America's Global Security. Foucault, Agamben, and Sovereignty. The United States of America: Biopower, Race and Sovereignty. Surveillance, Threat Governmentality, and Precautionary Risk. Sovereign Exceptionality. Sovereignty and Liberal Governmentality 7. "Bad Subjects" and Liberal Governmentalities. Notes. References. Index.

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