The Foucault Effect
Studies in Governmentality
Foucault's thoughts on political discourse and governmentality are supplemented by the essays of internationally renowned scholars. United by the common influence of Foucault's approach, they explore the many modern manifestations of government: the reason of state, police, liberalism, security, social economy, insurance, solidarity, welfare, risk management, and more. The central theme is that the object and the activity of government are not instinctive and natural things, but things that have been invented and learned.
The Foucault Effect analyzes the thought behind practices of government and argues that criticism represents a true force for change in attitudes and actions, and that extending the limits of some practices allows the invention of others. This unique and extraordinarily useful collection of articles and primary materials will open the way for a whole new set of discussions of the work of Michel Foucault as well as the status of liberalism, social policy, and insurance.
1. Governmental Rationality: An Introduction
2. Politics and the Study of Discourse
3. Questions of Method
5. Theatrum Politicum: The Genealogy of Capital - Police and the State of Prosperity
6. Peculiar Interests: Civil Society and Governing 'The System of Natural Liberty'
7. Social Economy and the Government of Poverty
8. The Mobilization of Society
9. How Should We Do the History of Statistics?
10. Insurance and Risk
11. 'Popular Life' and Insurance Technology
12. Criminology: The Birth of a Special Knowledge
13. Pleasure in Work
14. From Dangerousness to Risk