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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 Risks of Security: Liberalism, Biopolitics, and Fear

The Risks of Security: Liberalism, Biopolitics, and Fear

(p.59) Three The Risks of Security: Liberalism, Biopolitics, and Fear
The Government of Life

Thomas Lemke

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The chapter by Lemke shows how Foucault’s idea of a “technology of security” can provide the link between liberal government and biopolitics. On this reading, liberalism is a form of government which, unlike previous forms, does not “run” on obedience but on freedom. The technology of security is productive of individual freedom by regulating doses of security with doses of fear into the “population” in what Lemke designates as a veritable “economy of power” that lies beneath and makes possible the “power of the economy” in neoliberal regimes.

Keywords:   Technology of security, Freedom, Fear, Economy of Power, Critique

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