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    This entry describes and analyzes Michel Foucault's concept of governmentality as an object and field of study, a chronological narrative, and a kind of power. It emphasizes the way in which it connects government to self-government, its distinctive approach to liberalism and neoliberalism as an art of government, and its place within the contemporary social sciences as the subfield “governmentality studies.”
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory
    EditorsBryan S. Turner, Chang Kyung-Sup, Cynthia F. Epstein, Peter Kivisto, J. Michael Ryan, William Outhwaite
    Number of pages2
    Place of PublicationChichester
    Publication date4 Dec 2017
    ISBN (Print)9781118430866
    ISBN (Electronic)9781118430873
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2017
    SeriesWiley Blackwell Encyclopedias in Social Sciences

    Bibliographical note

    Published online: 4. December 2017.


    • Conduct
    • Foucault
    • Government
    • Liberalism
    • Security

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