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THE POLICING OF FAMILIES. By Jacqztes Donzelot. New York: Random. House, , pp., $ (paperback). In this scholarly book, Donzelot. The Policing of Families(first published in French in [English edition, ]) is Jacques Donzelot’s best-known book and a crucial point of reference in. In an analysis that adds to the growing debate on tensions between the modern state and the family, Professor Donzelot (Sociology, Nanterre).

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The Policing Of Families by Jacques Donzelot

Later, psychiatry would penetrate juvenile justice, but at the cost of modifying its own theoretical discourse. However, these fleet- ing engagements frequently do not allow their subjects the narrative space for complexity or fallibility.

Minut, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Please try again later. She shows how constructions of normal and abnormal desire were mobilised within professional discourses to justify interventions in order to ensure the successful biopolitical reproduction of the national population.

The articles propose very few concrete analyses of professional reality and have the aroma of a global critique of civilisation that was able to serve as a meeting point for Catholics and leftists at that time.

The Policing Of Families

Psychiatrists focussed on disorders that come from the environment, forgetting the notion of the perverse, incurable child. Foucault is sug- gesting here that discourses on sexuality have not happened upon these four topics by chance, but rather that the way in which we perceive our sexuality and broader identity today has been shaped by the constitu- tive role of these four figures. At times he treats experience, emotions and imagination donzleot no more than an epiphenomenon of discourse, although at other times his account is more subtle.

Books by Jacques Donzelot. More rigour was called for; in response to this demand, an important group of aspiring intellectuals would produce new kinds of discourses. The overall effect is that family has come to be the primary location for the regulation of the behaviour of the population. In the early s, the family is a crucial lens for Foucault as he distinguishes between sovereign and disciplinary forms of power, the distinction that will underpin his text Discipline and Punish first pub- lished in French in To enact a thoroughgoing conjunc- tion risks the accounts upon which we have been trained to rest.

Sam Grace added it Feb 25, Donzelot is then 1 Translated from Spanish by Judith Glueck. In particular, Thom argues that Foucault neglects the feelings and emotions of family members, embed- ded within economic and cultural structures and relations of power.


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Who could appeal sentences that were tempered by the judge? No reproduction, copy or transmission of this publication may be made without written permission. Kamila rated it it was amazing May 25, And the message would have had to have been transformed or else resigned to failure. The Language of Blood. Thanks for telling us policingg the problem. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

Foucault describes how the family has a sin- gular capability to be retained within our very affect, shaping the way in which we poicing how to live, famulies feel peace or anguish, to meet the eyes of a friend or a stranger. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

Historical examples of eugenic policy-making in various European countries between the s and s serve as a basis for theorising the role of the state in regulating policimg policing the reproductive sexualities, sexual practices, sexual iden- tities and future families of its citizens. In doing so, Mottier draws on Foucault; however, she also attempts to identify and go beyond some of the familues spots in his work.

In an analysis that adds to the growing debate on tensions between the modern state and the family, Professor Donzelot Jacquds, Nanterre studies 1 how the state effected a penetration of the family–how we went from being a “”government of families to a government through the family””; and 2 the rise of social welfare institutions from being viewed as embarrassments to the state concerned only with dire poverty, leprosy, insanity to being seen as a cause for national pride in terms of services offered and numbers treated.

Foucault places the family as an absolutely integral institution to judgements in modern societies regarding the normal and the abnor- mal, the acceptable and the unacceptable. And lo and behold, from the mid- nineteenth century onwards the family engaged in searching out the slightest traces of sexuality in poliving midst. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. She argues that while the family seems to be the very source of sexuality, Foucault worked to show that actually it reflects the activity of the expert agents of the apparatus of sexuality surrounding the family.

Foucault notes that even as we engage in our daily projects, the family seems to follow closely behind.

Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Foucault thus turns his attention to the way in which a construction of the sexual instinct as the secret polciing normal or abnormal identity was constituted through discourse on these four figures. The two worlds were there: Help Center Find new research papers in: Lastly, The Teh of Families provides an interesting principle of the sociology of knowledge, which arises from discussions on science and ideology: In these lectures, Foucault explores the transformation of familial dynamics — most notably at the intersection between kinship, sexual- ity and the state — that occurred with the rise of the bourgeoisie in the nineteenth century.


And this encounter between Michel Foucault and Esprit would have a significant impact on the French intellectual space. He misses issues of great importance to the organisation of policint life, such as gender, mutual aid and love — and their complex role in both enacting and contesting relations of power.

A harsh critique commenced, of how institutional work propagated social norms, and this was in line with the new orientations ot a section of Parisian intellectuals — Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and so forth. Deleuze was also involved. Gillian Harkins moves from the history of modern familial relations to an account of the family and politics as they are changing today.

Foucault and Donzelot both argued that, during the seventeenth century, philanthropy attempted to contain illegitimate children because of the large public expenditure they caused. The intellectual and polixing vanguard Before the s, little specific expertise was needed to engage in social work in France.

One pole of medical discourse situated the family as an instrument of population growth to serve the needs of imperalism; the other progressive pole supported abortion and contraception, in line with the discourses of socialists and feminists. In presenting this analysis she explains why neoliberal discourses call both for a further liberalisa- tion and a re-moralisation of our lives: After a career in scouting, he secured a post at an observatory for young offenders. The dinzelot line between normal and abnormal sexuality is ultimately familial, as it is produced by the moral and medical prob- lematisation of perverse desire as the common thread linking hysterical mothers, masturbating children and the capacity of adults to have inap- propriate intercourse with — or without — their heterosexual spouse.