By (author) David Macey
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Michel Foucault by David Macey
Book DescriptionThroughout most of his career, Michel Foucault consistently refused to say much about himself and was reluctant to be defined in either professional or personal terms. His stance was Do not ask who I am, and do not ask me to remain the same'. In the last years of his life, he changed his stance, gave many interviews and began to speak of an aesthetics of existence' in which the life' and the works' merged into one. In this new biography and critical work, David Macey argues that these contradictory views make it possible to relate Foucault's work to his life in an original and exciting way. Moving between the major works and Foucault's life (and especially his political life) Macey demonstrates a vital aspect of Foucault's writings their concern with issues that apply to everyone and that have an immediate effect on our lives. The book also explores the complex intellectual-political world in which Michel Foucault lived and worked. It traces his career, which took him from a comfortable provincial background to the pinnacle of the French academic system, in terms of the networks of friendship and the relations of power that sustained it. Macey concludes that Foucault was a very good and successful strategist and campaigner and that his association with certain periodicals and journals at certain periods was not a matter of chance, but reflected strategic alliances that were formed within a political-cultural field in constant motion.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781861892263
(200mm x 130mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 26-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David Macey
Frantz Fanon, Paperback (October 2012)
Comprehensive and eloquent account of Fanon's personal, intellectual and political life.
Barbaric Sport, Paperback (April 2012)
Globalized sport as savage spectacle and "opium of the people".
Talking of Love, Paperback (April 2009)
All of us suffer traumatic experiences in our lives, whether it is losing someone close, the end of a love affair or a violent event. Yet we need not be controlled by our pain. This title draws on a mixture of case histories, parables and personal recollections to explain how - at any stage of life - it is possible to break free from tragedy.
Resilience, Paperback (April 2009)» View all books by David Macey
Many of us experience pain in our childhoods, and young people face trauma all over the world. How is it possible to recover? Do those abused always go on to hurt others? This book shows how the extraordinary power of resilience can heal damaged lives.
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Author Biography - David Macey
David Macey is the author of The Lives of Michel Foucault (1993) and Frantz Fanon: A Biography (2000).
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