Society Must be Defended: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1975-76

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Penguin, 2004 - Political science - 310 pages
One of the most provocative and polemical thinkers of modern times, Michel Foucault exposed the systems of power inherent in all aspects of society with his revolutionary studies of sexuality, madness and punishment. In these masterly lectures given at the Collège de France in 1975-1976 and published here for the first time in English, he turns his attention to the idea of war. Although we see wars in terms of weapons and battles, Foucault contends that there is in fact a constant 'silent war' in society, where all power relations and political institutions are based on force, conflict and domination. In this sense, he argues, politics is actually 'a continuation of war by other means'.

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Michel Foucault was born in France in 1926. At the time of his death in 1984, he was without doubt France's most prominent thinker.
David Macey is the translator of numerous works from French and the author of LACAN IN CONTEXTS, THE LIVES OF MICHEL FOUCAULT, FRANTZ FANON- A LIFE and THE PENGUIN DICTIONARY OF CRITICAL THEORY

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