Foucault and Modern Society


Jason L. Powell
Staffordshire University, UK

Series: Social Perspectives in the 21st Century
BISAC: PHI034000
DOI: 10.52305/KVJX7583

This books explore the relevance and application of the conceptual and theoretical works of Michel Foucault to an understanding of modern society. The book begins by providing a biographical excursion of Foucault’s life and works that gives the reader hints of how this thinking of social theory was shaped. The book moves its attention to how conceptual tools he developed are relevant to modern social theory and the interpretation of people, professions and populations in western culture in particular. The book explores the impact of his work on power and the example of social work and how it reshaped such a helping profession. In doing so, Foucault raised both a challenge and impact for social theorists to take up on subjectivity in how individuals make their own histories. Despite this, the book concludes with a re-appraisal of Foucault’s work on surveillance and aging prisoners that highlights the sheer analytical diversity of his social philosophy.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introduction – The Relevance of Michel Foucault

Chapter 2. Foucault and Social Science

Chapter 3. Foucault, Governmentality and Helping Professions

Chapter 4. Foucault’s Impact: Butler, Performance and Social Work

Chapter 5. Foucault and Surveillance

Chapter 6. Conclusion


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