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Re-reading Foucault: On Law, Power and Rights

ISBN13: 9780415673532
Published: October 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £90.00
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Re-reading Foucault: On Law, Power and Rights is the first collection in English to fully address the relevance of Foucault's thought for law. Michel Foucault is the best known and most cited of the late twentieth-century's 'theory' academics.

His work continues to animate a range of different critical work across intellectual disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences. There has, however, been relatively little examination of the legal implications and applications of Foucault's work.

This book fills that gap, providing an in-depth analysis of Foucault's thought as it pertains to the crucial questions of law, government and rights. This collection engages with key legal themes as they emerge, both in Foucault's work and in the contemporary scholarship that surrounds it.

These include: the opposition between 'law' and 'the juridical'; legal ways of organising and processing knowledge; sovereignty; punishment; bio-politics and governmentality; security; resistance; and, judgment. Including contributions from acknowledged experts on Foucault's work, as well as pieces by younger scholars, Re-reading Foucault: On Law, Power and Rights will be of considerable interest across a range of disciplines, including law, sociology, criminology, international relations, political theory, and philosophy.

Ben Golder, Introduction: 'Foucaultian Legalities'
PART I: Law - Morality, Judgment and 'The Juridical; Colin Gordon, 'Law and the Morality of Critique'; Alan Hunt, 'Problematizing the Juridical: Governmentalizing Law'; Gary Wickham and Gavin Kendall, 'Society Meets Science as a Basis for Foucault's Approach to Law'; Peter Fitzpatrick, 'Reading Foucault on the Laws of Death'; Lissa Lincoln, 'Law, Literature, Morality : Michel Foucault and a Genealogy of Judgment'
PART II: Government -Sovereignty, Security, Economy; Mariana Valverde, 'Legal Knowledges of Urban Space'; Veronique Voruz, 'Foucault's Gaze'; George Pavlich, 'Instituting Sovereignty by Acquisition: Hobbes, Foucault and de Mist'; Pat O'Malley, 'Biopolitical Punishment'; Michael Dillon, 'Law, Economy, Security'; Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, 'The Theatre of Politics from Classical Geopolitics to Contemporary Globalisation'
Part III: Rights -Norm, Critique, Revolution; Philippe Chevalier, 'Foucault and the Question of Right'; Paul Patton, 'Historical Normativity and the Basis of Rights'; Jessica Whyte, '"Useless to Revolt?": On Foucault, Rights and Revolution'; Ben Golder, 'Foucault and the Critique of Rights'