The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology offers a comprehensive and contemporary look at this evolving field of study. The focus is on political life itself and the chapters, written by a highly-respected and international team of authors, cover the core themes which need to be understood in order to study political life from a sociological perspective, or simply to understand the political world. The two volumes are structured around five key areas: PART 1: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES PART 2: CORE CONCEPTS PART 03: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND MOVEMENTS PART 04: TOPICS PART 05: WORLD REGIONS This future-oriented and cross-disciplinary handbook is a landmark text for students and scholars interested in the social investigation of politics.
Chapter 16: Governmentality
Taking stock of naturalised assumptions in order to uncover new ground was one of historian and philosopher Michel Foucault's celebrated habits. Nowhere was this more apparent than on 1 February 1978, during the fourth instalment of his 1977–78 lecture series at the Collège de France, on Security, Territory, Population (2007). Whilst in previous years, Foucault's lecture series excelled in problematising naturalised social concepts and forms concerning power and domination (e.g. psychiatric power, normality, discipline, etc.), Foucault now unveiled to his audience a new – and rather unexpected – concept for analysing relations of power and government: ‘governmentality'. This was a notion of government that worked not over a bounded ...