Foucault, Michel (1926-84)

Paul Patton

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Foucault has had an extraordinarily wide‐ranging impact upon the social and political sciences since his untimely death in 1984. In 2007, according to the Times Higher Education Supplement , he was the most cited author in the humanities. His concepts of knowledge, power, and the constitution of subjectivity have been taken up in disciplines as diverse as accountancy, geography, feminist, gay, and queer theory. In addition to his published works, he wrote many shorter articles and recorded many interviews on political issues of the day. His most important contributions to political theory lie in his discussions of power, especially after his lectures on liberal and neoliberal governmentality in 1978 and 1979.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Political Thought
EditorsMichael T Gibbons , Diana Coole, Elisabeth Ellis, Kennan Ferguson
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781118474396
ISBN (Print)9781405191296
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Foucalt
  • biopower
  • governmentality
  • neoliberalism
  • power


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