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Handbook on Governmentality. Research Handbooks in Political Thought series
Edited by William Walters and Martina Tazzioli. Edward Elgar Publishing 2023

The Handbook on Governmentality discusses the development of an interdisciplinary field of research, focusing on Michel Foucault’s post-foundationalist concept of governmentality and the ways it has been used to write genealogies of modern states, the governance of societal problems and the governance of the self.

Bringing together an international group of contributors, the Handbook examines major developments in debates on governmentality, as well as encouraging further research in areas such as climate change, decolonial politics, logistics, and populism. Chapters explore how governmentality reshapes policy analysis as political practice, the relationship between Foucault’s ideas of government and postcolonial experiences, and how governmentality can illuminate discourse on the green economy and biopolitics. Analysing how contemporary socio-political issues including feminist politics, migration, and racialized medicine are interwoven with the concept of governmentality, this Handbook sheds light on the modern-day uses of Foucault’s work.

Providing a comprehensive overview of research on governmentality, this Handbook will be essential reading for students and scholars of development studies, geopolitics, political economy, organizational studies, political geography, postcolonial theory, and public policy. It will also be a key resource for policy makers in the field looking for a deeper theoretical understanding of the topic.

Keywords: Governmentality; Biopolitics; Neoliberalism; Foucault; Genealogy; Power

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Chapter 1: Foucault, governmentality, and the techniques of the self
Daniele Lorenzini

Chapter 2: The yoke of law and the lustre of glory: Foucault and Dumézil on sovereignty
Stuart Elden

Chapter 3: Governmentalizing ‘policy studies’
Carol Bacchi

Chapter 4: Governmentality and international relations: critiques, challenges, genealogies
Hans-Martin Jaeger

Chapter 5: Towards a postcolonial theory of crisis, neoliberal government, and biopolitics from below
Ranabir Samaddar


Chapter 6: Governmentality: a conversation with Wendy Brown, Partha Chatterjee and Nikolas Rose
Wendy Brown, Partha Chatterjee, Nikolas Rose, Martina Tazzioli, and William Walters

Chapter 7: Governmentality and beyond: an interview with Colin Gordon
Colin Gordon, Martina Tazzioli, and William Walters

Chapter 8: Governmentality in translation: an interview with Graham Burchell
Graham Burchell, Martina Tazzioli, and William Walters


Chapter 9: The neoliberal welfare state
Ian Alexander Lovering, Sahil Jai Dutta, and Samuel Knafo

Chapter 10: Governmentality and security: governing life-in-motion
Jef Huysmans

Chapter 11: Secrecy beyond the state: governmentality, security and truth effects
Susanne Krasmann

Chapter 12: Governmentality and the subject of rights
Ben Golder

Chapter 13: Algorithmic governmentality: questions of method
Claudia Aradau

Chapter 14: Logistical power
Brett Neilson

Chapter 15: Governmentality and political ecology
Emanuele Leonardi and Luigi Pellizzoni


Chapter 16: Diminishing life: racialized medicine, neoliberalism, and precarity in the United States
Jonathan Xavier Inda

Chapter 17: French humanitarianism: governmentality and its limits
Miriam Ticktin

Chapter 18: EUrope’s border ensemble and the disorder of migrant multiplicities
Maurice Stierl

Chapter 19: Hukou and suzhi as technologies of governing citizenship and migration in China
Chenchen Zhang


Chapter 20: Feminist politics and neoliberal governmentality: from co-option to counter-conduct
Srila Roy

Chapter 21: The practice of parrhēsia and the transformation of managerial governmentality
Richard Weiskopf

Chapter 22: Countering governmentality: enacting diverging territorialities by former enslaved people in Cauca, Colombia (1849-1886)
Cristina Rojas

Chapter 23: Insurgent politics: refugees, sans-papiers and deportees under asylum and migration laws
Clara Lecadet

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