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Power-Knowledge: Selected Interviews & Other Writings- 1972-1977 Hardcover – 1 Nov 1980
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Michel Foucault has become famous for a series of books that have permanently altered our understanding of many institutions of Western society. He analyzed mental institutions in the remarkable Madness and Civilization; hospitals in The Birth of the Clinic; prisons in Discipline and Punish; and schools and families in The History of Sexuality. But the general reader as well as the specialist is apt to miss the consistent purposes that lay behind these difficult individual studies, thus losing sight of the broad social vision and political aims that unified them.
Now, in this superb set of essays and interviews, Foucault has provided a much-needed guide to Foucault. These pieces, ranging over the entire spectrum of his concerns, enabled Foucault, in his most intimate and accessible voice, to interpret the conclusions of his research in each area and to demonstrate the contribution of each to the magnificent -- and terrifying -- portrait of society that he was patiently compiling.
For, as Foucault shows, what he was always describing was the nature of power in society; not the conventional treatment of power that concentrates on powerful individuals and repressive institutions, but the much more pervasive and insidious mechanisms by which power "reaches into the very grain of individuals, touches their bodies and inserts itself into their actions and attitudes, their discourses, learning processes and everyday lives"
Foucault's investigations of prisons, schools, barracks, hospitals, factories, cities, lodgings, families, and other organized forms of social life are each a segment of one of the most astonishing intellectual enterprises of all time -- and, as this book proves, one which possesses profound implications for understanding the social control of our bodies and our minds. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Michel Foucault was born in Poitiers, France, in 1926. He lecturerd in universities throughout the world; served as director at the Institut Francais in Hamburg, Germany and at the Institut de Philosophi at the Faculte des Lettres in the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France; and wrote frequently for French newspapers and reviews. At the time of his death in 1984, he held a chair at France's most prestigious institutions, the College de France. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Excellent Summary of Power/Knowledge
29 December 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
Finally, I found one book that sums up Foucault's philosophy, particularly his concept of "power/knowledge", in his own words. You can read a variety of his works to look for the common threads that form his overarching philosophy, or you can read a second-rate interpretation of his philosophy from others. OR, you can read this book.
28 October 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
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Got here very quickly, and very good quality. Very pleased.
but new and good condition
31 January 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
not the same cover, but new and good condition
Foucalt is one of his favorite authors of philosophy
10 May 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
My fiancé loves this book. Foucalt is one of his favorite authors of philosophy.
Text for Master's Degree level philosophy course
9 March 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
This is a wonderful selection of writings from Michel Foucault. Very accessible to both the university student and the average reader; either will find his ideas understandable. Good selection of interviews mixed in with other specific writings. A great companion to other Foucault works.