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Abnormal: Lectures at the College de France, 1974-1975 (1999)

by Michel Foucault, Valerio Marchetti (Editor), Antonella Salomoni (Editor)

Other authors: François Ewald (General editor), Alessandro Fontana (General editor)

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Series: Lectures at the Collège de France (1974-1975)

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"From 1971 Until His Death in 1984, Michel Foucault taught at the College de France, one of the most unique and renowned institutions of learning in the world. It enrolls no students and confers no degrees. Professors are required to deliver lectures to the general public on topics from their ongoing research. Foucault's lectures at the College were extraordinary events. To the audiences that attended them -- frequently numbering in the thousands -- they were seminal events, profoundly influencing an entire generation of scholars, students, and writers. These lectures, painstakingly reconstructed from tape recordings and from Foucault's own notes, are now being made available in English for the first time. Under the guidance of series editor Arnold I. Davidson, Holtzbrinck will publish all thirteen volumes of the lectures in North America." "Abnormal is the second volume of this series. Based on lectures given in 1974-1975 -- the period when Foucault was working on Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison and the first volume of the History of Sexuality -- they reveal Foucault's ongoing investigation into the "network of power and knowledge" constituted by discipline, normalization, and biopolitics. He argues that the three figures of the human monster, the individual to be corrected, and the onanist were brought together under the domain of the abnormal at the beginning of the nineteenth century, linking deformity, delinquency, and sexual deviancy. Rather than being purely coercive and violent, however, power, Foucault argues, must also be conceived of as productive: a power that is linked to positive techniques of intervention, transformation, and fabrication. He also traces a shift here from judicial inquiry of actions and relationships to an "examination" of the body and its desires. "The body and its pleasures, rather than the required form for legitimate union become, as it were, the code of the carnal." As Davidson emphasizes in his introduction to this volume, Abnormal "adds yet another layer to the virtually inexhaustible fields of study that Foucault's work has bequeathed to us." Indeed, every course at the College de France contributes immeasurably to our understanding and appreciation of the most important works of one of our greatest contemporary thinkers. These lectures also stand on their own as incomparable performances of intellectual daring, imagination, and insight. Book jacket."--Jacket.… (more)
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Pronunciado no Collège de France de janeiro a março de 1975, o curso sobre Os anormais dá continuidade às análises que Michel Foucault consagrou, a partir de 1970, à questão do saber e do poder - poder disciplinar, poder de normalização, biopoder. É, portanto, uma peça essencial para acompanhar a formação, os prolongamentos e os desdobramentos das pesquisas de Foucault.
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Michel Foucaultprimary authorall editionscalculated
Marchetti, ValerioEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Salomoni, AntonellaEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ewald, FrançoisGeneral editorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fontana, AlessandroGeneral editorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burchell, GrahamTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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"From 1971 Until His Death in 1984, Michel Foucault taught at the College de France, one of the most unique and renowned institutions of learning in the world. It enrolls no students and confers no degrees. Professors are required to deliver lectures to the general public on topics from their ongoing research. Foucault's lectures at the College were extraordinary events. To the audiences that attended them -- frequently numbering in the thousands -- they were seminal events, profoundly influencing an entire generation of scholars, students, and writers. These lectures, painstakingly reconstructed from tape recordings and from Foucault's own notes, are now being made available in English for the first time. Under the guidance of series editor Arnold I. Davidson, Holtzbrinck will publish all thirteen volumes of the lectures in North America." "Abnormal is the second volume of this series. Based on lectures given in 1974-1975 -- the period when Foucault was working on Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison and the first volume of the History of Sexuality -- they reveal Foucault's ongoing investigation into the "network of power and knowledge" constituted by discipline, normalization, and biopolitics. He argues that the three figures of the human monster, the individual to be corrected, and the onanist were brought together under the domain of the abnormal at the beginning of the nineteenth century, linking deformity, delinquency, and sexual deviancy. Rather than being purely coercive and violent, however, power, Foucault argues, must also be conceived of as productive: a power that is linked to positive techniques of intervention, transformation, and fabrication. He also traces a shift here from judicial inquiry of actions and relationships to an "examination" of the body and its desires. "The body and its pleasures, rather than the required form for legitimate union become, as it were, the code of the carnal." As Davidson emphasizes in his introduction to this volume, Abnormal "adds yet another layer to the virtually inexhaustible fields of study that Foucault's work has bequeathed to us." Indeed, every course at the College de France contributes immeasurably to our understanding and appreciation of the most important works of one of our greatest contemporary thinkers. These lectures also stand on their own as incomparable performances of intellectual daring, imagination, and insight. Book jacket."--Jacket.

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