The Policing of Families

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In The Policing of Families, Jacques Donzelot, a student and colleague of Michel Foucault, offers an account of public intervention in the regulation of family affairs since the eighteenth century, showing how this intervention effected radical changes in the structure of what had traditionally been a private domain. Treating the family as a focal point of multiple social practices and discourses, Donzelot examines the role of philanthropy, social work, compulsory mass education, and psychiatry in the control of family life and describes the transformation of mothers into agents of the state. Donzelot also provides a critique of Marxist, psychoanalytic, and feminist conceptions of the family and shows how the policies of the state and the professions molded working-class and middle-class families in quite different ways.

"An essential corrective both to the old overly optimistic interpretation and to the new pessimistic and apocalyptic vision of the recent history of the family and society in the West."--Lawrence Stone, New Republic

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801856495
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1979
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacques Donzelot is professor of political science at the University of Paris-X, Nanterres, and an urban planning advisor for the Ministry of Land Management in Paris. He is a founder, along with Michel Foucault, the Prison Information Group (G.I.P). His books include L'invention du social and, with Philippe Estèbe, L'État animateur.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: The Rise of the Social
Preface to the English Edition
1 Introduction 3
2 The Preservation of Children 9
3 Government Through the Family 48
A Moralization 58
B Normalization 70
C Contract and Tutelage 82
4 The Tutelary Complex 96
A The Setting 99
B The Code 117
C The Practices 150
5 The Regulation of Images 169
A The Priest and the Doctor 171
B Psychoanalysis and Familialism 188
C Familial Strategy and Social Normalization 199
D The Advanced Liberal Family: Freud and Keynes 217
Index 235
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