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Shannon Winnubst

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172950

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172950.001.0001

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Excavating Categories

Excavating Categories

Foucault’s Birth of Biopolitics

(p.27) Chapter One Excavating Categories
Way Too Cool

Shannon Winnubst

Columbia University Press

Through a close reading of Foucault's 1979 lectures on neoliberalism, The Birth of Biopolitics, I explore the implications of a non-ideological approach to neoliberalism. More specifically, I excavate the central categorical and epistemological transformations that Foucault argues occur in the shifts from classical liberalism to neoliberalism: the sites and mechanisms of truth (from the contract to the market; from the protection of ownership to the expansion of maximizing interests); dominant social values (from utility to human capital); concepts of freedom (from Rights of Man to subjects of interests); concepts of subjectivity (from “citizen” to “entrepreneur”); and modes of rationality (from juridical to calculative).

Keywords:   Neoliberalism, Foucault, Interests, Entrepreneur, Ideological, market

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