Political Power beyond the State: Problematics of Government

The state, wrote Nietzsche, is the coldest of cold monsters … (it) lies in all languages of good and evil; and whatever its says, it lies – and whatever it has, its stolen … only there, where the state ceases, does the man who is not superfluous begin. (Nietzsche 1969:75)

Political Power beyond the State: Problematics of Government: http://stateinafrica.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/rose-miller-1992.pdf

governing-the-present“The literature on governmentality has had a major impact across the social sciences over the past decade, and much of this has drawn upon the pioneering work by Peter Miller and Nikolas Rose. This volume will bring together key papers from their work for the first time, including those that set out the basic frameworks, concepts and ethos of this approach to the analysis of political power and the state, and others that analyse specific domains of the conduct of conduct, from marketing to accountancy, and from the psychological management of organizations to the government of economic life. Bringing together empirical papers on the government of economic, social and personal life, the volume demonstrates clearly the importance of analysing these as conjoint phenomena rather than separate domains, and questions some cherished boundaries between disciplines and topic areas. Linking programmes and strategies for the administration of these different domains with the formation of subjectivities and the transformation of ethics, the papers cast a new light on some of the leading issues in contemporary social science modernity, democracy, reflexivity and individualisation. This volume will be indispensable for all those, from whatever discipline in the social sciences, who have an interest in the concepts and methods necessary for critical empirical analysis of power relations in our present” — from book cover.



~ by blombladivinden on January 12, 2013.

2 Responses to “Political Power beyond the State: Problematics of Government”

  1. Thanks for sharing, I’ll look into the text. It seems an excellent read 🙂

  2. Political rationalities (schedules for correction of reality), political programs (created artifical problems) and political technologies (to invade our homes, bodies and brains) to look after us. What else can we ask for to be “taken care” of? 🙂 🙂

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