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ENVIRONMENTALITY IS A neologism (or newly invented word) devised to describe a novel set of political processes in and through which the environment is being governed and controlled. The types of political practice discerned within work on environmentality were first described in the pioneering work of Michel Foucault. In a series of lectures, partly given at the Collège de France between 1978–79 and later in the United States, Foucault outlined a history of the changing objectives and technologies associated with state power (or to use Foucault's term, governmentality).

Governance of Each and of All

Within these lectures, Foucault revealed that the practices of governments were not universal or unchanging, but were marked by a shifting set of rationalities concerning what the purpose of states actually was. According ...

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