THE FOUCAULT READER
Michel Foucault’s writing has shaped the teaching of half a dozen disciplines, ranging from literary criticism to the history of criminology. But none of his books offers a satisfactory introduction to the entire complex body of his work.The Foucault Readerprecisely serves that purpose. It contains selections from each area of Foucault’s thought, a wealth of prevoiously unpublished writings, and an interview with Foucault during which he discusses his philosophy with unprecedented candor.
This philosophy comprises an astonishing intellectual enterprise: a minute and ongoing investigation of the nature of power in society. Foucault’s analyses of this power as it manifests itself in society, schools, hospitals, factories, homes, families, and other forms of organized society are brought together in The Foucault Reader to create an overview of this theme and of the broad social and political vision that underlies it.