Thursday, December 13, 2007
Butler, Nick. "The Management of Populations: Review of Foucault's SECURITY, TERRITORY, POPULATION." EPHEMERA 7.3 (2007): 475-480.
Foucault, Michel. Security, Territory, Population: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1977-78. Trans. G. Burchell. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. The ongoing publication of the entire set of lecture courses which Foucault gave between 1971 and 1984 at the Collège de France have so far proved to be essential companions to his better known works. Security, Territory, Population – the fifth installment in a total series of thirteen, covering the period from January to April 1978 – is no exception. It provides a compelling glimpse into Foucault’s research at a time when his intellectual interests were shifting in dramatic ways. One of the most significant changes to his work concerns the long-planned History of Sexuality project, which was put on indefinite hold after the publication of the first volume (The Will to Knowledge) in 1976. The project underwent successive revisions before volume two (The Use of Pleasure) and volume three (The Care of the Self) eventually emerged together in 1984. These adjustments to the direction of Foucault’s research are very much apparent in the present lecture series, and for this reason Security, Territory, Population – as a work-in-progress – sheds a great deal of light on the development of his thought during this period. . . . For the rest of the review, please go to: http://www.ephemeraweb.org/journal/7-3/7-3butler.pdf.