Foucault and politics: a critical introduction

Mark G. E. Kelly

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A clear and critical account of Foucault's political thought: what he said, how it's been used and its influence today. This book surveys Michel Foucault's thought in the context of his life and times, utilising the latest primary and secondary materials to explain the political implications of each phase of his work and the relationships between each phase. It also illustrates how his thought has been used in the political sphere and examines the importance of his work for politics today. One of the most prominent theorists in the contemporary humanities and social sciences, Foucault is known as a radical thinker who disturbs our understanding of society. He also presented a moving target, continually changing his concerns and his apparent position. So, until now, comparatively little attention has been given to his politics. Key Features. • Engages with Foucault's entire corpus, from his first works right up to his posthumously published Collège de France lectures and the unabridged version of the History of Madness • Looks at the theoretical reception of Foucault's thought and how it has been applied to real-world problems • Student-friendly text boxes highlight and explain key ideas.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages197
ISBN (Electronic)9780748676897
ISBN (Print)9780748676866
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Foucault, Michel, 1926-1984 -- Political and social views
  • Foucault, Michel, 1926-1984
  • Political science -- Philosophy
  • Australian
  • Biopolitics
  • Knowledge
  • Abnormality
  • Ethics
  • Subjectivity
  • Politics
  • Governmentality
  • Foucault
  • Power


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