Foucault and neoliberalism /
Michel Foucault's death in 1984 coincided with the fading away of the hopes for social transformation that characterized the postwar period. In the decades following his death, neoliberalism has triumphed, and attacks on social rights have become increasingly bold. If Foucault was not a direct...
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|Summary:||Michel Foucault's death in 1984 coincided with the fading away of the hopes for social transformation that characterized the postwar period. In the decades following his death, neoliberalism has triumphed, and attacks on social rights have become increasingly bold. If Foucault was not a direct witness of these years, his work on neoliberalism is nonetheless prescient: the question of Foucault's conceptual apparatus has acquired a central, even dominant position for a subsequent segment of the world's intellectual Left. However, as the contributions to this volume demonstrate, Foucault's attitude towards neoliberalism was equivocal at best. Far from leading an intellectual struggle again free-market orthodoxy, Foucault seems in many ways to endorse it. How are we to understand his radical critique of the welfare state, understood as an instrument of biopower? Or his support for the pandering anti-Marxism of the so-called "new philosophers?" Is it possible that Foucault was seduced by neoliberalism? This question is not merely of biographical interest: it forces us to confront more generally the mutation of the Left since May 1968, the disillusionment of the years that followed, and the profound transformations in the French intellectual field over the past thirty years. To understand the 1980s and the neoliberal triumph is to explore the most ambiguous corners of the intellectual Left through one of its most important figures. -- from back cover.|
|Physical Description:||viii,195 pages ; 22 cm|
|Bibliography:||Includes bibliographical references and index.|
9780745601779 (pb : alk. paper)
0745601774 (pb : alk. paper)