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The Government of LifeFoucault, Biopolitics, and Neoliberalism$
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Vanessa Lemm and Miguel Vatter

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823255962

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823255962.001.0001

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The Fourth Age of Security

The Fourth Age of Security

(p.17) One The Fourth Age of Security
The Government of Life

Frédéric Gros

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The chapter by Gros is intended to familiarize the reader with the idea that security has functioned in four different ways in the West, from the “spiritual” security of Hellenism to the “imperial” security in the medieval social imaginary, from the early modern “state” security to our current “biopolitical” or “human” form of security. Foucault, according to Gros, thinks a new form of security that works through networks of communication flows and where security is brought by the generalized function of policing the circulation of communication, commodities, and persons which are in turn essential to capitalist relations of exchange and production.

Keywords:   Security, Empire, State, Biopolitics, Flows

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