Re: [Foucault-L] Governmentality

Hi Scott Nicholas,

I heard that Agamben had given a lecture about "governmentality" which has been published in France as a little book. Unfortunately, I did not have got the book . Neverthelees, my PHdegree supervisor told that it is one of the excellent book written on governmentality from the viewpoint of Foucault.

I am wondering about whether this book is translated to english or not.

By the way, I am researching the architectural issues as a political technology of biopower by the concept / theory of governmentality for my ph degree thesis.

All responses are welcome.



Isil Baysan Serim
Yeditepe University
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Subject: [Foucault-L] Governmentality

Hi everyone,

I am looking at Foucault's work on Governmentality this semester. My reading of his Governmentality lecture and other references within his 1978 lecture series "Security, Territory & Population" is that this analytic can be applied even when the prevailing political rationality changes, the state as a technology of government and its constituent elements (e.g., organising mechanisms,mix of private & public) changes, or indeed the technologies and practices of government change. In other words, because Governmentality's key features are the governance of individual conduct and management of population bio-issues(births, deaths, health etc), the ends continue to be the concern of government even when the means of achieving these ends (e.g., GDP growth) changes. In this sense, I am responding to a recent claim that Foucault was "the great theorist of Fordist Discipline"and is at risk of becoming depasse, by arguing among others things both that:(1) his Governmentality analytic!
can accomodate epochal shifts from Fordism to Post-Fordism provided that the focus of government remains both the governance of individual conduct and the management of populations life issues (biopolitical concerns if you will); and (2) the Disciplinary society still exists.

I am curious to know if anyone disagrees with this construal of the relevance of Governmentality?

Any and all responses are welcome

Scott Nicholas
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