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Mitchell Dean has written an outstandingly clear and scholarly introduction to the central theses and methods of the analysis of the mentalities and techniques of rule… He not only provides a guide to Foucault's own thought in this area, but he also draws upon other key thinkers in contemporary social theory to develop original and illuminating analysis of some principle formations of political power. Dean's book should become required reading not just for those interested in the work of Michel Foucault, but for all those who are concerned with the dilemmas of contemporary politics.
This second edition thoughtfully extends and develops the original text, offers an illuminating new introduction and effectively outlines directions for further study and analysis. It will be welcomed and valued by teachers and students addressing Foucault's work on governmentality and by those interested in exploring its contemporary relevance. Undoubtedly it is the key text in its field.
a fantastic read for anyone who is researching ideas on power and governmentality. a very easy and understandable chapters that lead the student to overall issues.
Dean's elaboration of governmentality is another valuable attempt to provide alternative views to mainstream global governance research. It stands on wellknown premises of critical and postmodern theory but manages to sketch the contours of new avenues. Curious and more advanced students of international relations and global governance definitely profit from a thorough investigation.
Too advanced for undergrad
The book really is great and I recommend it to anyone who struggles with the possibility of being free and governed at the same time. What I think is not sufficiently explained (especially, there are not enough examples) is how power can be asubjective and intentional at the same time.
Thank you for sending me this very interesting and challenging book. Challenging because it deals with some of the most complicated and hard to - both to understand and to explain - concepts in social sciences - Government and Governmentality. It does so from the position of French philosopher M. Foucault, but the Author (M. Dean) added it own rich knowledge and intuition and created very informative, modern and original work.
Excellent introduction to this body of knowledge
Intriguing commentary. Adds more ideas to current debates. Well-worth a read.
Excellent background reading in relation to social policy, the role of the welfare state, and care and control debates.
The book covers a topic very relevant to sustainability science. This topic - i.e. governance and governmentality - is treated in a very comprehensive way; many specific aspects are addressed that become especially relevant in interdisciplinary human ecology & sustainability science (like, e.g. risk and reflexive governance); moreover, literature from various national contexts is considered. Hence, I do strongly recommend the book to all students that aim at covering transdisciplinary issues within a sustainable development.
It's great to have such a comprehensive volume on this subject