Foucault and the Genealogy of Pastoral Power

Radical Philosophy Review, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 157-76, 2007

22 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2009

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Ben Golder

Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

Date Written: February 24, 2009

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Golder, Ben, Foucault and the Genealogy of Pastoral Power (February 24, 2009). Radical Philosophy Review, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 157-76, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1348831

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