From: Nicholas Kiersey <nkiersey@xxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006 11:30:32 -0400
On page 2 of his introduction to The Foucault Effect, Colin Gordon
refers to Foucault's understanding of government as having a 'wide
and narrow sense'. The general (wide?) meaning is supposed to be the
'conduct of conduct'. That is, a form of activity that aims to affect
conduct. This activity seems to have four possible locations where it
can take place: self/self; private interpersonal relations; relations
within institutions; and relations concerning political sovereignty.
Fine. But what then is the 'narrow' sense of the term government?
Reading on, it does not seem that Gordon ever defines it explicitly
but instead simply elaborates on the rationality of government. Am I
trying too hard here?
Nicholas J. Kiersey
PhD Candidate, Environmental Design & Planning
(Public and International Affairs Stream)
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