Governmentality: Power and Rule in Modern Society

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Lucid, timely and shrewd, this book makes a major contribution to understanding a concept that is belatedly being recognized as a core concept in the social sciences, governmentality.

By looking at the work of Foucault, this book aims to reclaim governmentality as a central concept in sociology, asking what is governmentality and how are individuals and cultures organised in modern society?

Dean seeks to learn from Foucault, but also draws on wider analytical frameworks and traditions to provide the first complete overview of the concept. He argues that governmentality encapsulates a fundamentally new orientation to the study of power and authority. It allows for a new, more relevant understanding of how the individ

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803975897
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mitchell Dean is Professor of Public Governance, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and Professor of Sociology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His previous books include Governmentality: Power and Rule in Modern Society (1999, revised second edition, SAGE, 2010),The Constitution of Poverty: Toward a Genealogy of Liberal Governance (Routledge, 1991/2012), Critical and Effective Histories: Foucault's Methods and Historical Sociology (Routledge, 1994), and Governing Societies: Political Perspectives on Domestic and International Rule (Open University Press, 2007).

His publications range across a large number of fields focusing on problems of government, sovereignty and power, liberalism and neoliberalism, political and social thought, historical sociology, and social and public policy. However he has also published on topics as diverse as risk management, e-government, political mythology, ancient societies, war and peace, contemporary art, cinema and fashion.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Basic Concepts and Themes
Genealogy and Governmentality
Dependency and Empowerment
Two Case Studies
Pastoral Power, Police and Reason of State
Bio-Politics and Sovereignty
Liberalism
Authoritarian Governmentality
Neo-Liberalism and Advanced Liberal Government
Risk and Reflexive Government
Conclusion
'Not Bad...but Dangerous...'

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