Understanding Foucault
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Understanding Foucault
A Critical Introduction

Second Edition


© 2012 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"An outstandingly good introduction to Foucault's work: lucid, measured, well organised, and covering this complex and in many ways heterogeneous body of work with remarkable thoroughness and ease."
- Professor John Frow, University of Melbourne


"This is a clear and understandable book, starting with a very helpful glossary of theoretical terms... an accessible introduction to Foucault's major work exploring power and control, governmentality and ethics which are crucial for students to understand."
- Tracy Ramsey
, Liverpool Hope University

"A very good accompaniment to any student thinking seriously about following the work of Foucault... Easy to follow, very well structured."
- Mark Timoney
, Sligo Institute of Technology

Michel Foucault is now regarded as one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. He is known for his sensibility of critique and his commitment to movements for social change. His analysis of the ways our notions of truth, meaning, knowledge and reason are shaped by historical forces continues to influence thinkers around the world.

Understanding Foucault offers a comprehensive introduction to Foucault's work. The authors examine Foucault's thinking in the context of the philosophies he engaged with during his career, and the events he participated in, including the student protests of 1968. A unique feature of the book is its consideration of recently published lectures and minor works, and the authors show how these illuminate and extend our understanding of Foucault's major books.

Understanding Foucault provides an accessible entrée to the world of this extraordinary and challenging philosopher.
 
Questions of Method
 
Power and Knowledge
 
Governmentality
 
Liberalism and Neo-Liberalism
 
Subjectivity and Technologies of the Self
 
Critique and Ethics

An outstandingly good introduction to Foucault's work: lucid, measured, well organised, and covering this complex and in many ways heterogeneous body of work with remarkable thoroughness and ease.

Professor John Frow
University of Melbourne

A great recommendation for understanding.

Mrs Candice Mtwazi
Kent Law School, University of Kent
August 24, 2016

This book is a great introductory text to students and those new to Foucault. Where it importantly differs from other introductory texts is that it draws from (and provides references to) a different set of sources - a series of lectures that Foucault gave from 1973-83. It thus enriches the concepts such as power/knowledge, governmentality and discipline.

Miss Amanda Machin
Karl Mannheim chair for cultural studies, Zeppelin University
March 17, 2015

A good book for the more able students to use.

Ms Juliet Radford Hayes
Health and Social Care, Coventry University College
November 21, 2014

This is a clear and understandable book, starting with a very helpful glossary of theoretical terms.

This book provides an accessible introduction to Foucault's major work exploring power and control, governmentality and , ethics which are crucial for students to understand.

Miss Tracy Ramsey
Social Work Department, Liverpool Hope University
May 13, 2014

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ISBN: 9781446252352