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Author: Michel Foucault; Michel Senellart; Collège de France.
Publisher: Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
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"Michel Foucault's 1979 lectures at the College de France, The Birth of Biopolitics, pursue and develop further the themes of his lectures from the previous year, Security, Territory, Population. Having shown how eighteenth century political economy marks the birth of a new governmental reason, Foucault undertakes the detailed analysis of the forms of this liberal governmentality. This involves describing the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michel Foucault; Michel Senellart; Collège de France.
ISBN: 9781403986542 1403986541 140398655X 9781403986559
OCLC Number: 214282391
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: xvii, 346 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 10 January, 1979: 1. Questions of method --
2. 17 January, 1979: Liberalism and the implementation of a new art of government in the eighteenth century --
3. 24 January, 1979: Specific features of the liberal art of government --
4. 31 January, 1979: Phobia of the state --
5. 7 February, 1979: German neo-liberalism --
6. 14 February, 1979: German neo-liberalism: Usefulness of historical analyses for the present --
7. 21 February, 1979: Second aspect of the "policy of society" according to the neo-liberals: the problem of law in a society regulated according to the model of the competitive market economy -8. 7 March, 1979: General remarks: (1) the methodological scope of the analysis of micro-powers. (2) The inflationism of state phobia. Its links with ordoliberalism --
9. 14 March,1979: American neo-liberalism (I). Its context --
The difference between American and European neo-liberalism --
10. 21 March, 1979: American neo-liberalism (II)The application of the economic grid to social phenomena --
11. 28 March, 1979: The model of homo oeconomicus --
Its generalization to every form of behavior in American neo-liberalism -12. 4 April, 1979: Elements for a history of the notion of homo oeconomicus.
Other Titles: Naissance de la biopolitique.
Responsibility: Michel Foucault ; edited by Michel Senellart ; translated by Graham Burchell.
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"Michel Foucault's 1979 lectures at the College de France, The Birth of Biopolitics, pursue and develop further the themes of his lectures from the previous year, Security, Territory, Population. Having shown how eighteenth century political economy marks the birth of a new governmental reason, Foucault undertakes the detailed analysis of the forms of this liberal governmentality. This involves describing the political rationality within which the specific problems of life and population were posed: "Studying liberalism as the general framework of biopolitics."" "What are the specific features of the liberal art of government as they were outlined in the eighteenth century? What crisis of governmentality characterizes the present world and what revisions of liberal government has it given rise to? This is the diagnostic task addressed by Foucault's study of the two major twentieth century schools of neo-liberalism: German ordoliberalism and the neo-liberalism of the Chicago School. In the years he taught at the College de France, this was Michel Foucault's sole foray into the field of contemporary history. This course raises questions of political philosophy and social policy that are at the heart of current debates about the role and status of neo-liberalism in twentieth century politics. A remarkable feature of these lectures is their discussion of contemporary economic theory and practice, culminating in an analysis of the model of homo oeconomicus, or economic man." "Foucault's analysis also highlights the paradoxical role played by "society" in relation to government. "Society" is that in the name of which government strives to limit itself, but it is also the target for permanent governmental intervention to produce, multiply, and guarantee the freedoms required by economic liberalism. Far from being opposed to the State, civil society is thus shown to be the correlate of a liberal technology of government."--Jacket.

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