By Jonathan Xavier Inda
Chapter 1 Colonial Governmentality (pages 21–49): David Scott
Chapter 2 Foucault within the Tropics: Displacing the Panopticon (pages 50–79): Peter Redfield
Chapter three Graduated Sovereignty in South?East Asia (pages 81–104): Aihwa Ong
Chapter four Spatializing States: towards an Ethnography of Neoliberal Governmentality (pages 105–131): James Ferguson and Akhil Gupta
Chapter five acting legal Anthropology: technology, renowned knowledge, and the physique (pages 133–157): David G. Horn
Chapter 6 technological know-how and Citizenship below Postsocialism (pages 158–177): Adriana Petryna
Chapter 7 Artificiality and Enlightenment: From Sociobiology to Biosociality (pages 179–193): Paul Rabinow
Chapter eight versatile Eugenics: applied sciences of the Self within the Age of Genetics (pages 194–212): Karen?Sue Taussig, Rayna Rapp and Deborah Heath
Chapter nine lifestyles in the course of Wartime: Guatemala, energy, Conspiracy, Milieu (pages 213–247): Diane M. Nelson
Chapter 10 applied sciences of Invisibility: Politics of lifestyles and Social Inequality (pages 248–271): Joao Biehl
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Talal Asad, ‘‘Conscripts of Western Civilisation’’ Reformulating the Question about Colonialism The above remarks on modernity by the late Michel Foucault and Talal Asad mark out the problem-field in which the argument in this chapter is to be situated. I want to inquire into what appears to me a problem in the now considerably advanced discussion about colonialism – a problem that turns very much on the question of what is distinctive about the political rationality of forms of power, on the one hand, and on the other, on those transformations effected by modern power, the consequence of which is that the old, premodern possibilities are not only no longer conceptually approachable except in the languages of the modern, but are now no longer available as practical historical options.
All told, then, governmentality draws attention to all those strategies, tactics, and authorities – state and nonstate alike – that seek to mold conduct individually and collectively in order to safeguard the welfare of each and of all. An Analytics Significantly, the work of Michel Foucault on modern government has produced a burgeoning corpus of political, social, and cultural analysis. For simplicity’s sake, we shall refer to this interdisciplinary literature as governmentality. 2005 6:26am Analytics of the Modern governmentality – as might be expected given foregoing discussion – have been most concerned with exploring those practices that take as their target the wealth, health, security, and happiness of populations.
However, he offhandedly dismisses this practice as a ‘‘rigorous and distant form of imprisonment’’ that achieved little as regards colonization or economy (1979: 272, 279). 2005 6:26am Analytics of the Modern prison. His basic argument is that the penal colony, as instantiated in French Guiana, constituted a negative form of governmentality. The logic of this argument is as follows. A key goal of French administrators was to foster the life of the penal population. They sought to achieve this end through arranging the social and physical environment in such a way as to favor the production of rehabilitated subjects capable of survival and proper self-management.
Anthropologies of Modernity: Foucault, Governmentality, and Life Politics by Jonathan Xavier Inda