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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: For Beginners (21 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934389129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934389126
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 1.2 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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If you're struggling with social theory, then the 'for Beginners' series is definitely for you. This book summarises the main works of Foucault such as 'The History of Sexuality', 'Discipline and Punish' and 'Madness and Civilization' in a few cartoon-filled pages. Although a lot of the details of Foucault's work are inevitably lost, it will give you a good basic idea of his major contribution to philosophy and social theory.
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This is the best 'Idiot's Guide' to Michel Foucault that I have come across. Having been locked in life and death struggle with the great man for a while now, it was a relief to come across something which laid out his concepts so clearly and simply. Lydia Fillingham also puts his ideas aptly in their social and cultural settings, giving them human scale and realistic continuity. From here, I can progress, cant I ...?
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This is a short, simple book which provides a refreshingly approachable introduction into some difficult concepts. Thankfully, unlike many books on Foucault, it has not been translated, so there are no language barriers to prevent understanding. Indeed, the reader is helped even further by illustrations on every page to clarify any point missed in the text. Far from being patronising though, this book is fun and highly recommended to anyone about to read Foucault, and even more, to anyone who is already reading Foucault and struggling with it.
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By Celine B on 30 Aug. 2013
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This book is pro-Foucault yet still acknowledges some weaknesses or some common criticisms of Foucault. It makes complicated concepts very easy to understand and gives you enough confidence to start doing the real work: reading Foucault and academic articles on his work!
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I found this book in the library and I thought it was the same of other books about Foucault but I was wrong. This book isn't difficult to read and you can understand easily. It saved my time and gave me a perfect frame about the works and thoughts of Foucault.
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Foucault has many interesting things to say about people and relationships and society ,but it is not always very clear what he was saying. Foucault for Beginners breaks down in simple language what he is saying, as he uses very academic language translated into English from his native tongue,French.He talks widely about power and knowledge and how it has positive and negative effects.
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