Re: [Foucault-L] Governmentality

Hi Isil,

Agamben has published a number of books in the English speaking world but none
of them are entitled "Governmentality." I was wondering if you might just confirm the title of the book to which you refer.


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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
Faculty of Architecture and Engineering
Department of Architecture
26 Agustos Campus, Kadikoy Istanbul

Office Phone : 00 +90 216 578 04 76

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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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