"Society Must Be Defended" : Lectures at the College de France, 1975-1976

Michel Foucault and David Macey

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"Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed." ~Mao Zedong 

 Starting with the the idea of history and the narratives of different perspectives in power, Foucault has advanced that idea from the juridical to the disciplinary. The disciplinary regime is there to administer knowledge and the effects of that knowledge, in essence, different groups can trot out different narratives/histories as the truth. This truth becomes what is known and in itself contains the power, as in the old cliché knowledge is power. The administration of truth has been transformed and understood in recent centuries as the reproduction of the individual and inherently the body. Once understood as the administration of bodies, Foucault advances that notion to a more macro level or to the level of population. The control of the population through juridical and disciplinary functions, through not anymore the destruction of life only but the making or letting of life as the bio-political mode of power. Society Must Be Defended is the turning point in which Foucault starts to articulate the concept of bio-power.

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