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Introducing Foucault: A Graphic Guide (Introducing...) [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Horrocks , Zoran Jetvic , Zoran Jevtic
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This book places Michel Foucault's work in its turbulent philosophical and political context, and critically explores his mission to expose the links between knowledge and power in the human sciences, their discourses and institutions. It explains how Foucault overturned our assumptions about the experience and perception of madness, sexuality and criminality, and the often brutal social practices of confinement, confession and discipline.

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Christopher Horrocks is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Design at Kingston University. His previous books include Introducing Baudrillard and Baudrillard and the Millennium (both published by Icon/Totem). Zoran Jetvic is hugely renowned illustrator.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 88036 KB
  • Print Length: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd; Revised edition edition (1 Jan. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fails to Deliver 15 Feb. 2004
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The book has the noble aim of explaining Foucault. Foucault has the reputation of being difficult to understand; yet he is one of the most influencing writers in sociology in recent years. The book covers many aspect of Foucault's live, but it generally fails to introduce Foucault's thinking and ideas. You might gain an insight of Foucault's life, but the attempts to make the theorist easier to understand fail. The illustrations add nothing to the text. At times, the even distract from what is written. The language used is not accessible enough for a book with this title (and part of this series). If you are interested to learn more about Foucault, do not be fooled by this book's title. Get something else.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can I have my copy back please? 26 Feb. 2011
I feel I have to leap to the defence of this book in the face of the negative reviews it has received. I studied sociology at university and this book was very useful for helping me get a grip on Foucault's key ideas. The illustrations are certainly lively, but I wouldn't say they distracted from anyting - rather, they add humour to the book, which is no bad thing, and would likely have pleased old MF himself.

Ideas like the 'archaology of knowledge' and the 'episteme' are, I think, nicely handled - a picture of MF digging through layers of knowledge, the detritus of past discourses... why not?

One is never going to be an expert on Foucault based on reading one illustrated book, and neither are his ideas going to be 100% crystal clear; professional sociologists find his work and ideas challenging, but this book makes a useful contribution. 'Introducing Foucault' should be read along with other secondary works by authors such as Gutting and Merquior and others - and of course Foucault's own.

My copy was borrowed by a former student of mine and I haven't seen it since - can I have it back please?!

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely unintelligible 23 Oct. 2000
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I read this book because I knew a little about Foucault and wanted to know more. By the end of it, however, I knew less than when I began. It presupposes you know more than this supposed introduction purports to explain. The explanations are obscure and the language pretentious. This is just the sort of thing that gives cultural studies and sociology a bad name. I wish I could get my money back.
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