Six Days of Foucault I: Power Over Life

In Background Readings on October 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm

The lectures collected in Society Must Be Defended contain Foucault’s first known references to what would become one of his most influential concepts: biopower. Foucault’s thinking on the subject in the 75/76 seminar would later be reworked and presented in the fifth and final chapter of the first volume of The History of Sexuality, “Right of Death and Power Over Life.” If you’re interested, you can download the latter here.


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