Governmentality : Power and Rule in Modern Society

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-12-01
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
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'This second edition thoughtfully extends and develops the original text, offers an illuminating new introduction and effectively outlines directions for further study and analysis. It will be welcomed and valued by teachers and students addressing Foucault's work on governmentality and by those interested in exploring its contemporary relevance - undoubtedly it is the key text in its field' - Barry Smart, Portsmouth UniversityPraise for the First Edition'Mitchell Dean has written an outstandingly clear and scholarly introduction to the central theses and methods of the analysis of the mentalities and techniques of rule' He not only provides a guide to Foucault's own thought in this area, but he also draws upon other key thinkers in contemporary social theory to develop original and illuminating analysis of some principle formations of political power. Dean's book should become required reading not just for those interested in the work of Michel Foucault, but for all those who are concerned with the dilemmas of contemporary politics' - Nikolas Rose, Goldsmiths CollegeOriginally published in 1999 this exceptionally clear and lucid book quickly became the standard overview of what are now called 'governmentality studies'.With its emphasis on the relationship between governmentality and other key concepts drawn from Michel Foucault, such as bio-politics and sovereignty, the first edition anticipated and defined the terms of contemporary debate and analysis. In this timely second edition Mitchell Dean engages with the full textual basis of Foucault's lecturers and once again provides invaluable insights into the traditions, methods and theories of political power identifying the authoritarian as well as liberal sides of governmentality.Every chapter has been fully revised and updated to incorporate, and respond to, new theoretical, social and political developments in the field; a new introduction surveying the state of governmentality today has also been added as well as a completely new chapter on international governmentality.

Author Biography

Adrian Holiday is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Canterbury Christ Church University

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
Basic Concepts and Themes
Government and governmentality
An analytics of government
Analysing regimes of government
Genealogy and Governmentality
Genealogy and government
Liberalism, critique and 'the social'
Neo-liberalism and Foucault
Dependency and Empowerment: Two Case Studies
Pastoral Power, Police and Reason of State
Pastoral power
Reason of state and police
Bio-Politics and Sovereignty
Sovereignty and the governmentalization of the state
Law and norm
Society and social government
Authoritarian Governmentality
The illiberality of liberal government
Bio-politics, race and non-liberal rule
Neo-Liberalism and Advanced Liberal Government
Society, freedom and reform
Advanced liberal government
A post-welfarist regime of the social
Risk and Reflexive Government
Two approaches to risk
Risk and reflexive modernization
Insurance and government
Reflexive government
International Governmentality
Foucault and the international
Building on Foucault
Conclusion: 'Not Bad... but Dangerous'
Postscript to the Second Edition: The crisis of neo-liberal governmentality?
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