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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

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Epub ahead of print. Published online: 4. December 2017


  • Conduct
  • Foucault
  • Government
  • Liberalism
  • Security

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