Foucault and the Genealogy of Pastoral Power
Radical Philosophy Review, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 157-76, 2007
22 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2009
Date Written: February 24, 2009
This paper is a review essay of Michel Foucault's 1977-78 lecture course at the College de France, 'Security, Territory, Population'. The essay proposes an interpretation of the lecture course as a contribution to the critique of the theological grounds of modern state power. The paper argues that this genealogical discussion of the historical development of the Christian pastorate and its gradual assimilation into modern state apparatuses constitutes a peculiarly Foucaultian approach to the problematic of state power because it focuses both on practices of power and on resistance to these practices.
Keywords: Foucault, pastoral power, genealogy, state, governmentality
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