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Understanding Foucault: A Critical Introduction 2ed

by Tony Schirato, Geoff Danaher and Jen Webb Sage Publications Ltd
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Pbk 208 pages
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Michel Foucault is now regarded as one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. He is known for his sensibility of critique and his commitment to movements for social change. His analysis of the ways our notions of truth, meaning, knowledge and reason are shaped by historical forces continues to influence thinkers around the world.

Understanding Foucault offers a comprehensive introduction to Foucault's work. The authors examine Foucault's thinking in the context of the philosophies he engaged with during his career, and the events he participated in, including the student protests of 1968. A unique feature of the book is its consideration of recently published lectures and minor works, and the authors show how these illuminate and extend our understanding of Foucault's major books.

Understanding Foucault provides an accessible entrée to the world of this extraordinary and challenging philosopher.

Questions of Method
Power and Knowledge
Liberalism and Neo-Liberalism
Subjectivity and Technologies of the Self
Critique and Ethics

An outstandingly good introduction to Foucault's work: lucid, measured, well organised, and covering this complex and in many ways heterogeneous body of work with remarkable thoroughness and ease Professor John FrowUniversity of Melbourne
Tony Schirato teaches and researches in the areas of cultural theory, media literacy, and sport and the media. He has co-authored books on the work of Michel Foucault and Pierre Bourdieu, and also on communication and cultural literacy, globalisation, Asian cultural politics and visual culture. His most recent book is on sports culture. He is currently co-authoring a book on the work of gender theorist Judith Butler. Jen Webb is the Director of the Communication, Media and Cultural Studies research area. Her academic interests range from neomarxist theorising of social practice to aesthetic forms and content, with snippets of semiotics, narrative theory, communication theory and social research, along the way