30 Jahre „Geschichte der Gouvernementalität“:

Wir brauchen mehr Geschichte des Wissens

  • Alexander von Schwerin


An increasing number of studies have appeared that together come under the label of governmentality. The topics show that an analysis related to practices can integrate a broad spectrum of social phenomena that is out of the range of conventional theories of the state. Less well known is the founding text of governmentality studies. Foucault‘s “history of governmentality” is a genealogy of liberal governments, ending with the rise of the recent so-called neoliberal transformation of the 1970s. The weakness of that text is that it fails to show the connections of the concept of governmentality to epistemology. Also, recent studies mention the power relations of knowledge only globally, leaving science in a sphere of its own. However, originality and strength of the analysis of governmental power depends on its linkage to a history of knowledge.

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Schwerin, A. von. (2007). 30 Jahre „Geschichte der Gouvernementalität“:: Wir brauchen mehr Geschichte des Wissens. Comparativ, 17(3), 123–138. https://doi.org/10.26014/j.comp.2007.03.08