mercoledì 26 ottobre 2011

ECONOMY AND SOCIETY Michel Foucault and Governmentality

In the past twenty years Economy and Society has been decisive in developing Michel Foucault’s analyses 
of ‘governmentality’, pressing this concept into service in new domains. In a wide range of articles written from 
diverse disciplinary backgrounds, scholars have clarified the conceptual vocabulary and empirical vitality of the 
notion of ‘the conduct of conduct’ for political and social analysis. In addition to a special issue dedicated to this 
theme (‘Liberalism, Neo-Liberalism and Governmentality’ 22.3, 1993), there has been debate about the 
relationships that may pertain between liberal government, despotism and authoritarianism (Valverde 1996, 
Dean 2001), consideration of the ways in which Foucault’s conceptual vocabulary can help to reframe 
key problems in political theory (Burchell 1993, Hunter 1990, Hindess 1997, Pasquino 1993), analysis 
of the implications of Foucault’s work for the methodological assumptions of the human sciences, 
and for the analysis of the social, including the government of diverse fields such as health, 
poverty, unemployment, policing, risk, and ethical conduct (Osborne 1993, Rose 1996, Dean 1992, O’Malley 1992, Cruikshank 1993).  The journal has housed debate about the significance of governmentality outside western liberal  
contexts (eg Sigley 1996, Keane 2002), and concerning the transformations of government produced by new 
technologies of warfare and welfare (Donzelot 2008, O’Malley 2010). 

Governing economic life  
Peter Miller and Nikolas Rose, Volume 19, Issue 1, 1990 
A genealogy of the government of poverty 
Mitchell Dean, Volume 21, Issue 3, 1992 
Risk, power and crime prevention 
Pat O'Malley, Volume 21, Issue 3, 1992 
Liberal government and techniques of the self 
Graham Burchell, Volume 22, Issue 3, 1993 
Revolutions within: self-government and self-esteem 
Barbara Cruikshank, Volume 22, Issue 3, 1993 
The death of the social? Re-figuring the territory of government 
Nikolas Rose, Volume 25, Issue 3, 1996 
"Despotism " and ethical liberal governance 
Mariana Valverde, Volume 25, Issue 3,1996 
Politics and governmentality 
Barry Hindess, Volume 26, Issue 2, 1997 
Governing through risk and uncertainty 
Richard Ericson, Volume 34, Issue 4, 2005 
Michel Foucault and liberal intelligence 
Jacques Donzelot (translated by Graham Burchell), Volume 37, Issue 1, 2008 

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