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Governmentality
Power and Rule in Modern Society

Second Edition


© 2010 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Mitchell Dean has written an outstandingly clear and scholarly introduction to the central theses and methods of the analysis of the mentalities and techniques of rule… He not only provides a guide to Foucault's own thought in this area, but he also draws upon other key thinkers in contemporary social theory to develop original and illuminating analysis of some principle formations of political power. Dean's book should become required reading not just for those interested in the work of Michel Foucault, but for all those who are concerned with the dilemmas of contemporary politics."
- Nikolas Rose, Goldsmiths, Praise for the First Edition

Originally published in 1999 this exceptionally clear and lucid book quickly became the standard overview of what are now called 'governmentality studies'.

With its emphasis on the relationship between governmentality and other key concepts drawn from Michel Foucault, such as bio-politics and sovereignty, the first edition anticipated and defined the terms of contemporary debate and analysis. In this timely second edition Mitchell Dean engages with the full textual basis of Foucault's lectures and once again provides invaluable insights into the traditions, methods and theories of political power identifying the authoritarian as well as liberal sides of governmentality.

Every chapter has been fully revised and updated to incorporate, and respond to, new theoretical, social and political developments in the field; a new introduction surveying the state of governmentality today has also been added as well as a completely new chapter on international governmentality.
 
Introduction to the Second Edition
 
Basic Concepts and Themes
Government and Governmentality  
An Analytics of Government  
Analyzing Regimes of Government  
 
Genealogy and Governmentality
Genealogy and Government  
Liberalism, Critique and 'the Social'  
Neo-Liberalism and Foucault  
 
Dependency and Empowerment: Two Case Studies
Dependency  
Empowerment  
Conclusion  
 
Pastoral Power, Police and Reason of State
Pastoral Power  
Reason of State and Police  
Conclusion  
 
Bio-Politics and Sovereignty
Bio-Politics  
Sovereignty and the Governmentalization of the State  
 
Liberalism
Economy  
Security  
Law and Norm  
Society and Social Government  
 
Authoritarian Governmentality
The Illiberality of Liberal Government  
Bio-Politics, Race and Non-Liberal Rule  
 
Neo-Liberalism and Advanced Liberal Government
Society, Freedom and Reform  
Advanced Liberal Government  
A Post-Welfarist Regime of the Social  
 
Risk and Reflexive Government
Two Approaches to Risk  
Risk and Reflexive Modernization  
Insurance and Government  
Reflexive Government  
 
International Governmentality
Foucault and the International  
Building on Foucault  
 
Conclusion: 'Not Bad... but Dangerous'
 
Postscript to the Second Edition: The Crisis of Neo-Liberal Governmentality?

Mitchell Dean has written an outstandingly clear and scholarly introduction to the central theses and methods of the analysis of the mentalities and techniques of rule… He not only provides a guide to Foucault's own thought in this area, but he also draws upon other key thinkers in contemporary social theory to develop original and illuminating analysis of some principle formations of political power. Dean's book should become required reading not just for those interested in the work of Michel Foucault, but for all those who are concerned with the dilemmas of contemporary politics.

Nikolas Rose
Goldsmiths, Praise for the First Edition

This second edition thoughtfully extends and develops the original text, offers an illuminating new introduction and effectively outlines directions for further study and analysis. It will be welcomed and valued by teachers and students addressing Foucault's work on governmentality and by those interested in exploring its contemporary relevance. Undoubtedly it is the key text in its field.

Barry Smart
Portsmouth University

Dean's elaboration of governmentality is another valuable attempt to provide alternative views to mainstream global governance research. It stands on wellknown premises of critical and postmodern theory but manages to sketch the contours of new avenues. Curious and more advanced students of international relations and global governance definitely profit from a thorough investigation.

Dr Guenther Auth
Geschwister-Scholl Institute, Ludwig-Maximilians University
November 6, 2012

Too advanced for undergrad

Dr Katherine Watson
Sociology , University of the Fraser Valley
September 26, 2012

The book really is great and I recommend it to anyone who struggles with the possibility of being free and governed at the same time. What I think is not sufficiently explained (especially, there are not enough examples) is how power can be asubjective and intentional at the same time.

Mr Tomas Profant
Social and cultural anthropology, Commenius university
November 12, 2011

New to this Second Edition.

• Every chapter has been fully revised and updated - with over 20% new material

• A new introduction surveying the state of governmentality today

• A completely new chapter on international governmentality

• A new Postscript.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter One


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