'The birth of bio-politics': Michel Foucault's lecture at the Collège de France on neo-liberal governmentality

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This paper focuses on Foucault’s analysis of two forms of neo-liberalism in his lecture of 1979 at the Collège de France: German post-War liberalism and the liberalism of the Chicago School. Since the course is available only on audio-tapes at the Foucault archive in Paris, the larger part of the text presents a comprehensive reconstruction of the main line of argumentation, citing previously unpublished source material. The final section offers a short discussion of the methodological and theoretical principles underlying the concept of governmentality and the critical political angle it provides for an analysis of contemporary neo-liberalism.

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  • Foucault
  • Governmentality
  • Neo-liberalism
  • State
  • Technologies of the self

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