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A Foucauldian Interpretation of Modern Law: From Sovereignty to Normalisation and Beyond

Jacopo Martire


Although Foucault is certainly one of most influential scholars of our age, law is for Foucauldian scholarship akin to an “undigestable meal”. This is due to a seemingly unresolvable dilemma: how is it possible to analyse law through Foucauldian lenses if Foucault himself claimed (albeit cursorily) that law, in modernity, has been colonised by other disciplines and ousted from the locus of power? Building on Foucault’s ideas about power, freedom, and subjectivity, the present book tackles this problem through a critical genealogy of the philosophico-political ideas at the basis of modern law, ... More

Keywords: Foucault, Biopolitics, Law, Genealogy, Normalisation, Discipline, Governmentality, Power, Subjectivity, Truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474411929
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411929.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacopo Martire, author
Lecturer in Law, University of Stirling