Rowman and Littlefield International

Foucault, Neoliberalism and Beyond

Edited by Stephen W. Sawyer and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins

Publication Date: Apr 2019

Pages 240

Hardback 9781786603760
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Ebook 9781786603784
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Few philosophers have garnered as much attention globally as Michel Foucault. But even within this wide reception, the consideration given to his relationship to neoliberalism has been noteworthy. However, the debate over this relationship has given rise to a great deal of polemics and confusion.

This volume brings together leading figures in the field to provide a reliable guide to one of the most controversial subjects in recent continental thought. It puts across the case for Foucault’s importance for post-colonial, race, queer and feminist studies, among other areas, and opens up his relationship to neoliberalism to offer a broader picture of tensions brewing within the Left more generally.
Part I: Historicizing Foucault’s Neoliberal Movement / 1. Rereading the Birth of Biopolitics in light of Foucault’s Early Reading of Marx, Aner Barzilay / 2. Foucault Neoliberalism and the Iranian Revolution, Claudia Castiglioni / Part II: Foucault and the State / 3. Michel Foucault and François Châtelet, Danilo Scholz / Part III: Foucault, Neoliberalism and the Liberal Movement / 4. Michael Foucault as Historian of Political Thought, Duncan Kelly / 5. Neoliberalism: The Highest Stage of Anti-Humanism?, Michael Behrent / 6. Is Foucault a Good Guide for Understanding, Critiquing and Combatting Neoliberalism?, Serge Audier / Part IV: Governmentality / 7. TBC, Judith Revel / 8. Beyond Foucault and Neoliberalism: Firms, Self-Employment and Self-Entrepreneurship Today, Luca Paltrinieri /9. The Political Project of Foucault’s Governmentality Lectures, Dotan Lesham / 10. Democracy After Neoliberalism, Stephen Sawyer
Stephen W. Sawyer is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department and cofounder of the History, Law and Society Program at the American University of Paris.

Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins is Fellow for Political Thought at UC Berkley.

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