Society Must Be Defended: Lectures at the College de France, 1975-76

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‘Society Must Be Defended’ is taken from a series of lectures given by Foucault in 1975-76. Using war to analyse power relations, he contends that politics is ultimately a continuation of battlefield violence, and that ingrained ideas of sovereignty and individual rights are attempts to refute the fact that all power relations are based on domination. Coloured with brilliant historical examples, Foucault draws from many periods in both England and France, with wonderful digressions into subjects as diverse as classical French tragedy and the gothic novel.

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‘Foucault must be reckoned with by humanists, social scientists, and political activists’ The New York Times Book Review

Society Must Be Defended is Michel Foucault’s devastating critique of the systems of power and control inherent in civilization. Taken from a series of lectures given by Foucault at the Collége de France in 1975-76, it reveals how war is the foundation of all power relations, and politics ultimately a continuation of battlefield violence. He offers a politically charged re-reading of history, with examples ranging from the Trojan myth to Nazi Germany, to show a continual, ‘silent war’ between the powerful and the powerless.

‘A timely and prescient book, mainly because of what it says about the way in which war is necessary as a means of control’ New Statesman

Translated by David Macey

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Weight 0.247 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.9 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

336

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

194 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K