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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 Law of the Household: Foucault, Neoliberalism, and the Iranian Revolution

The Law of the Household: Foucault, Neoliberalism, and the Iranian Revolution

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(p.29) Two The Law of the Household: Foucault, Neoliberalism, and the Iranian Revolution
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The Government of Life
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Melinda Cooper

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823255962.003.0003

The chapter by Cooper argues that Foucault’s engagement with the early phases of the Iranian Revolution sheds a great deal of light on his understanding of neoliberalism as a new normative order of the household (oiko-nomia). On Cooper’s reading, Foucault’s fascination with the ideology of the Iranian Revolution betrays his intention to recover the “ancient” understanding of the nomos of the household in order to offset Becker’s neoliberal “new household economics” that threatens to destroy all sexual discipline, all substantive sexual normative order, by turning every individual into the entrepreneur of his or her own body and sexuality.

Keywords:   Iranian Revolution, Islamic economic thought, Becker, New Household economics, Sexuality, Discipline

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