- Subject index
Michel Foucault's work is one of the most influential sources of ideas in the humanities and social sciences today. Clare O'Farrell offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to Foucault's enormous, diverse and challenging output. Her book provides a range of practical tools and a reference work for readers who wish to understand and apply his ideas at both introductory and advanced levels. This volume includes: a discussion of Foucault's situation in the contemporary context exploring his role as an iconic thinker, with clear explanations as to why his work is so difficult to come to grips with, and also importantly, why it is of interest to so many people; the location of Foucault's work within its own historical, social and political setting; brief summaries in chronological order of all of Foucault's major works, including the more recently published volumes of lectures; the organization of Foucault's work around five distinct but interrelated series of assumptions which underpin his world view: namely order, history, truth, power and ethics. Ideas for which he is well-known, such as archaeology, genealogy, discourse, discipline, governmentality, the subject and others are defined and discussed within the framework of these five assumptions. - a chronology of Foucault's life, work and times; a very extensive list of key concepts in Foucault's work with detailed references pointing to where the relevant material can be found in his writings; a wide-ranging list of resources and a bibliography of Foucault's work for easy consultation.
One a Cultural Icon
Eight Power and Culture
Principle 4: Power
Foucault's name is linked most famously with the notion of power and also with the idea that knowledge and truth exist in an essential relation with social, economic and political factors. It is well known that Foucault addresses the question of power in his writings subsequent to 1970, but similar themes can also be found in his earlier work even if such themes are not couched in the same terms. Foucault (1971b: 159) explains that in the early 1960s he was impressed by the attempts of certain Marxist historians of science to link geometry and calculus to social structures. But the problem with Marxist attempts to link the actual disciplinary content of science with economic, social ...