Foucault, Weber, neoliberalism and the politics of governmentality

Flew, Terry (2015) Foucault, Weber, neoliberalism and the politics of governmentality. Theory, Culture and Society, 32(7-8), pp. 317-326.

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This paper argues that Michel Foucault’s lectures that form The Birth of Biopolitics owe a considerable debt to the thought of Max Weber, particularly in their analysis of how different socio-legal regimes shape distinctive national forms of capitalist economies, and the role that is played by social and economic institutions in the shaping of individual identities. This is in contrast to a common interpretation of Foucault’s account of neoliberalism, which synthesizes his work into neo-Marxist notions of hegemony and capitalist domination. It also identifies Foucault’s approach to neoliberalism as an exploratory one, which considers insights into how a particular relationship between ideas and institutional practices may help in imagining socialist forms of government practice.

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ID Code: 90507
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Michel Foucault, government, governmentality, liberalism, neoliberalism, Max Weber, socialism
DOI: 10.1177/0263276415607605
ISSN: 0263-2764
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)
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)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Digital Media Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 20 Nov 2015 02:33
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2016 22:58

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