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French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault is essential reading for students in departments of literature, history, sociology and cultural studies. His work on the institutions of mental health and medicine, the history of systems of knowledge, literature and literary theory, criminality and the prison system, and sexuality, has had a profound and enduring impact acrFrench philosopher and historian Michel Foucault is essential reading for students in departments of literature, history, sociology and cultural studies. His work on the institutions of mental health and medicine, the history of systems of knowledge, literature and literary theory, criminality and the prison system, and sexuality, has had a profound and enduring impact across the humanities and social sciences. This introductory book, written for students, offers in-depth critical and contextual perspectives on all of Foucault's major published works. It provides ways in to understanding Foucault's key concepts of subjectivity, discourse, and power and explains the problems of translation encountered in reading Foucault in English. The book also explores the critical reception of Foucault's works and acquaints the reader with the afterlives of some of his theories, particularly his influence on feminist and queer studies. This book offers the ideal introduction to a famously complex, controversial and important thinker....

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ISBN : 9780521682992
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 152 Pages
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The Cambridge Introduction to Michel Foucault Reviews

  • Lindsay
    2019-04-11 01:29

    Useful academic introduction to Foucault. Author also covers different critiques of Foucault, including feminist and queer perspectives. I would recommend to anyone hoping to get a well-rounded review of his writings.

  • Damian
    2019-04-09 21:02

    Saw this on Monday, bought it and then read it today. Useful, good, concise, overview of Foucault's major works.this is the second cambridge introduction to... book I've read this month, and will probably check out some others.

  • Kathleen
    2019-04-02 21:27

    This is a very good, brief introduction to Foucault. Downing provides short summaries of his books, focusing on the significant concepts that emerge from each. The book is probably most useful for literary theory students, and much less useful for political theory students. There is a chapter devoted to Foucault's essays on writing and the author (the only chapter not related to a book of Foucault's), but no chapter on his political essays. So, personally, I don't have a lot of use for this book as a teacher. But, I can see where someone else might.

  • Quin Rich
    2019-03-24 04:26

    A good brief introduction to Foucault. Explains most of his major works, but unfortunately doesn't go into much depth and misses some of his key stuff (eg state racism). Nonetheless, very helpful for Foucault neophytes. Better if supplemented with applications of his work (eg feminist or queer theory). Good aid for a course. I Foucouldn't. Then I Foucould. And Foucan too!

  • Nelson
    2019-04-06 03:12

    Lisa Downing's book is by far the best overview on Foucault. It has deepened what I already know, as well as introduced me to crucial new information. Her book is highly accessible yet rigorously scholarly. Downing has given me a model for how to write my own critical introduction on the topic of ... :)

  • Eren Buğlalılar
    2019-04-15 21:21

    F'nin temel eserlerinin güzel bir anlatımıydı. Bunun dışında onu eleştiren çalışmalara da atıflar vardı ki birkaç tanesini not aldım. Ama tabii ki F'nin Marksist eleştirisi yok. Hele bütün diyalektik teorisi herşeyin çelişki içinde olduğunu söylerken, yazarın 'Marksizm'de tek çatışma proletarya ile burjuvazi arasında olur, Foucault buna karşıydı' sözlerini ağlayarak okudum. "Anlayamazsınız".

  • Jaykumar Buddhdev
    2019-04-23 02:12

    a thoroughly remarkable introduction to Foucault and his works...