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Foucault and Political Sociology

Foucault and Political Sociology
Claire Blencowe

Michel Foucault (1926–1984) was one of the most influential French philosophers of the twentieth century – although he himself shunned the title ‘philosopher’ and described himself instead as a ‘historian of systems of thought'. A household name in France and an international icon of anti-establishment philosophical radicalism during his lifetime, he has since his death become a firmly established member of the canon, not only of continental philosophy but of many other disciplines, including sociology and social theory. As with all immensely influential thinkers, the meaning of his work for the present is deeply contested. Indeed, the very extent of his contemporary influence – the way that he is taken up as ...

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