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Psychiatric Power: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1973-1974: Lectures at the College De France, 1973-1974 (Michel Foucault: Lectures at the Collège de France) Paperback – 26 Aug 2016

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2008 edition (26 Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403986517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403986511
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 834,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[Foucault] must be reckoned with by humanists, social scientists, and political activists."--"The New York Times Book Review"

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"[Foucault] has an alert and sensitive mind that can ignore the familiar surfaces of established intellectual codes and ask new questions.... [He] gives dramatic quality to the movement of culture."--"The New York Review of Books"


"Foucault is quite central to our sense of where we are. . . . [He carries] out, in the noblest way, the promiscuous aim of true culture."--"The Nation"

"[Foucault] must be reckoned with by humanists, social scientists, and political activists."--"The New York Times Book Review"

""

"[Foucault] has an alert and sensitive mind that can ignore the familiar surfaces of established intellectual codes and ask new questions.... [He] gives dramatic quality to the movement of culture."--"The New York Review of Books"


"Foucault is quite central to our sense of where we are. . . . [He carries] out, in the noblest way, the promiscuous aim of true culture."--"The Nation"

[Foucault] must be reckoned with by humanists, social scientists, and political activists. "The New York Times Book Review"

[Foucault] has an alert and sensitive mind that can ignore the familiar surfaces of established intellectual codes and ask new questions.... [He] gives dramatic quality to the movement of culture. "The New York Review of Books"

Foucault is quite central to our sense of where we are. . . . [He carries] out, in the noblest way, the promiscuous aim of true culture. "The Nation"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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First publication of Foucault's lectures, spanning from 1973-1974, focusing on the history of psychiatric practice

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This is the first book I have read which actually explains what happens to you when you enter a psychiatric hospital. Having been sectioned in the past, I was finally able to say to myself, "so that's why they did that!" after reading this book. This goes along with Madness Explained by Bentall, the Divided Self by Laing and Foucault's Abnormal lecture series as the only books talking about madness in a humane, guilt-free manner that may help to liberate individuals rather than leading them down paths full of red herrings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary 4 Aug. 2010
By Steiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This collection of lectures delivered at the College de France from 1973-1974 is a remarkable update of Foucault's thinking on psychiatry and its constitutive transformations. There is a substantial revision of the early work in `History of Madness,' which Foucault now feels was a history of representations. At this later stage, the vantage point of his analysis has shifted, and he is no longer interested in representations or institutional analyses, but rather with the morphology of power relations that compose apparatuses of knowledge. This series traces, albeit in a preliminary fashion, the precise transformations from psychiatric power in the early 19th century all the way up to the development of psychoanalysis. There is much that is left wide open for further research here, and Foucault's conclusions remain preliminary gestures towards his larger archaeology of knowledge.
5.0 out of 5 stars the better book. It is much easier to follow anyway 19 Oct. 2015
By Frank B. - Published on Amazon.com
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Michel Foucault says in this volume that if he were write History of Madness or Madness and Civilization again, depending on your English translation, with the passage of time, and because his own focus had changed, it would be a much different book. I think this book of lectures, perhaps owing to its brevity, and because of the verbosity of the other, the better book. It is much easier to follow anyway, in that, rather than describing changes as they happen in time, his discussion involves making a few main points regarding those changes. He sees a similarity between the behavior of mad King George and that of Mary Barnes that he thinks eluded Joe Barnes, Mary's psychiatrist. Let that much of a comment be enough. I don't want it to be spoiler for anyone interested perusing in these lectures. I considered them well worth reading. (Duh! I gave them five stars.) I think for some of the followers of Foucault's thought the lectures in this volume, in one way or another, could be as enlightening as they were for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Foucault-Shmoucault 11 Oct. 2007
By David P. Keys - Published on Amazon.com
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This late addition to the Foucault corpus is a further installment in the College de France courses which have surfaced in the enduring craze for all things Foucault. This volume is no disappointment, as it carries within its pages that wit and offbeat genius that we enjoyed in his earlier work on madness, prisons, and the constitution of reality. Anyone who enjoys working out their gray matter or who was fascinated by the better lecturers in college will find this delightful and thought-provoking.
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