This is my blog post that appeared on the Theory, Culture & Society blog on 27 April 2015.
The publication of The Birth of Biopolitics in 2008, which was the translation into English of Michael Foucault’s 1978-79 lectures at the College de France, has generated an important body of scholarship that has sought to engage the themes of Foucault’s lectures in light of contemporary concerns. The timeliness of this publication was seen by many to arise from its contemporary relevance.
The paper that I will present at QUT on 25 November 2010 titled “Letting Go of Neo-Liberalism (with some help from Michel Foucault)” can now be accessed for downloading here. It will also appear on the QUT ePrints site shortly.
• ‘Homo economicus strips the sovereign of power inasmuch as he reveals an essential, fundamental and major incapacity of the sovereign, that is to say, an inability to master the totality of the economic field. The sovereign cannot fail to be blind vis-à-vis the economic domain or field as a whole. The whole set of economic processes cannot fail to elude a would-be central, totalizing, bird’s-eye-view’ (p. 292).
• Possible solutions were : (1) to