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Rethinking Law, Society and Governance

Foucault's Bequest

Editor(s): Gary Wickham, George Pavlich
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Published: 07-11-2001
Format: PDF eBook (?)
Edition: 1st
Extent: 192
ISBN: 9781847313249
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Oñati International Series in Law and Society
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About Rethinking Law, Society and Governance

This set of essays engages with some aspects of Foucault's notion of governmentality,particularly at the junction where law/regulation meets 'the social'. 'The social', as a special sphere of government, is a special area of concern for those working within broad intellectual spaces of the 'governmentality approach'. Is it the basis of modern liberal systems of government? Is it dead, or even feeling unwell? Has it spawned hybrid forms of government like neo-liberalism, neo-conservatism, or even neo-socialism?

In making their presence felt in the debates that have flourished around such questions, especially by highlighting the subtleties of the roles played by law and regulation in the governance of the social, the authors of the essays - David Brown; Jo Goodie; Russell Hogg and Kerry Carrington; Jeff Malpas; Pat O'Malley; George Pavlich; Annette Pedersen; Kevin Stenson; William Walters – range widely. There are pieces on liberal government and resistance to it, some on particular targets of this government, like unemployment, crime, 'law and order', even Australian geography, environment and cultural products, and some that delve into philosophical/methodological issues.

Table Of Contents

Transforming Images: Society, Law and Critique
George Pavlich

PART I: GENEALOGICAL ENTRIES: GOVERNANCE,THE SOCIAL AND THE COLONIES

1. Genealogy, Systemisation and Resistance in “Advanced Liberalism”
Pat O'Malley

2. Governing Images of the Australian Police Trooper
Annette Pedersen

3. Governing Rural Australia: Land, Space and Race
Russell Hogg and Kerry Carrington

4. Governing Unemployment: Transforming “the Social”
William Walters

PART II: LAW, CRIME AND THE POLITICS OF CO-SOCIAL GOVERNANCE

5. The Invention of the Environment as a Subject of Legal Governance
Jo Goodie

6. Reconstructing the Government of Crime
Kevin Stenson

7. Governmentality and Law and Order
David Brown

PART III: REFRAMING ONTOLOGY AND CRITIQUE

8. Governing Theory: Ontology, Methodology and the Critique of Metaphysics
Jeff Malpas

9. The Art of Critique or How Not to be Governed Thus
George Pavlich

Reviews

“…the advantage is that the broad base of the authors' approaches results in something thought provoking for a variety of readers. Few post-graduate level readers interested in law and order would not find engaging moments and compelling discussion in this text.
It is interesting to read the sometimes sharply contrasting arguments next to one another.
” –  Trish Oberweis, Southern Illinois University, The Law and Politics Book Review

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