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The Government of Life: Foucault, Biopolitics, and Neoliberalism

Vanessa Lemm and Miguel Vatter


This volume focuses on the relation that Foucault established between the ideas of biopower and biopolitics and the studies of governmentality in his last Courses at the Collège de France and in his occasional writings of this period. The essays in this volume adopt and contribute to Foucault’s analysis of biopolitics as a guiding thread to understand why liberalism and neoliberalism is a “government of life.” The essays in this collection, read as a whole, suggest that the linkage between governmentality, understood as a “conduct of conduct,” and biopolitics, understood as power over biologic ... More

Keywords: Foucault, biopolitics, governmentality, neoliberalism, normative order, security, philosophical life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823255962
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823255962.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vanessa Lemm, editor
University of New South Wales

Miguel Vatter, editor
University of New South Wales

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