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Security, Territory, Population: Lectures at the College de France, 1977-78 (Michel Foucault: Lectures at the Collège de France)
Security, Territory, Population: Lectures at the College de France, 1977-78 (Michel Foucault: Lectures at the Collège de France)
by Michel Foucault
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £28.50

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How about being in one of Foucault's lectures?, 29 May 2007
One certainly got that experience from reading the book. The lectures were reconstructed using Foucault's personal lecture notes and actual taped audio recordings of his lectures. You get a stream-of-consciousness style which works rather well, compared with Foucault's personally-written work.

The subject matter is rather more interesting than first appears. What Foucault was primarily talking about was the history of governmentality (governementalité), and the move from the medieval dynastical state to the early modern administrative state, elaborating on the relationships of power and the bodies of knowledge that were debated and formulated to allow this change.

Foucault's notions of biopower and biopolitique also loom large and the book allows you to get to grips with those concepts. Things may not be clear in the first couple of chapters (each lecture is a chapter), but as you progress towards the end of the book you will feel much better for it.

I recommend this book.


The Civil War: Music from the film soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK]
The Civil War: Music from the film soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK]
Price: £10.59

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the soundtrack of the Ken Burns documentary, 23 Jun. 2005
The music is good enough to stand on its own merits and I would recommend the CD for anyone interested in the music of the era.


State and Society, 2Ed: A Social and Political History of Britain 1870-1997 (Arnold History of Britain)
State and Society, 2Ed: A Social and Political History of Britain 1870-1997 (Arnold History of Britain)
by Martin Pugh
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for understanding modern Britain, 23 Jun. 2005
This book is a mandatory text for my BA History and so I've gotten to know it quite well. The style of writing is easy to comprehend and is pleasing on the eye.
When discussing politics the author successfully manages to distance the history from partisan political views. This is a major strength of the book.
The text is well-researched and the content is logically-sequenced; the book goes from political to social history without feeling lost and leaving the reading experience disjointed. It is a good read.
I'm giving the book 5 stars because it has the effect of leaving the reader wanting to know more about the subject matter - and so this text serves as an expedient gateway for further study.


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