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Michel Foucault

O'Farrell, Clare D. (2005) Michel Foucault. Core Cultural Theorists. SAGE Publications, London.

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Abstract

Michel Foucault's work is one of the most influential sources of ideas in the humanities and social sciences today. Clare O'Farrell offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to Foucault's enormous, diverse and challenging output. Her book provides a range of practical tools and a reference work for readers who wish to understand and apply his ideas at both introductory and advanced levels. This volume includes:

  • a discussion of Foucault's situation in the contemporary context exploring his role as an iconic thinker, with clear explanations as to why his work is so difficult to come to grips with, and also importantly, why it is of interest to so many people.

  • the location of Foucault's work within its own historical, social and political setting.

  • brief summaries in chronological order of all of Foucault's major works, including the more recently published volumes of lectures.

  • the organization of Foucault's work around five distinct but interrelated series of assumptions which underpin his world view: namely order, history, truth, power and ethics. Ideas for which he is well-known, such as archaeology, genealogy, discourse, discipline, governmentality, the subject and others are defined and discussed within the framework of these five assumptions.

  • a chronology of Foucault's life, work and times.

  • a very extensive list of key concepts in Foucault's work with detailed references pointing to where the relevant material can be found in his writings.

  • a wide-ranging list of resources and a bibliography of Foucault's work for easy consultation.

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ID Code: 1102
Item Type: Book
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Keywords: Foucault, Theory, France, Cultural Studies, Philosophy
ISBN: 0761961631
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > PHILOSOPHY (220300) > Ethical Theory (220305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > PHILOSOPHY (220300) > Philosophy of Specific Cultures (incl. Comparative Philosophy) (220316)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Cultural Theory (200204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPECIFIC FIELDS (220200) > History of Ideas (220209)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > PHILOSOPHY (220300) > Social Philosophy (220319)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 23 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:16

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