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Neoliberalism: A Foucauldian Perspective

Călin Cotoi
  • University of Bucharest
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Published Online: 2015-05-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/irsr-2011-0014


The contemporary investigations on power, politics, government and knowledge are profoundly influenced by Foucault’s work. Governmentality, as a specific way of seeing the connections between the formation of subjectivities and population politics, has been used extensively in anthropology as neoliberal governmentalities have been spreading after the 1990s all over the world. A return to Foucault can help to clarify some overtly ideological uses of ‘neoliberalism’ in nowadays social sciences.

Keywords: governmentality; governance; ethnography; neoliberalism


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Published Online: 2015-05-04

Published in Print: 2011-06-01

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