New perspectives on discourse and governmentality

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In this comprehensive overview we familiarise readers with Michel Foucault’spublications that are relevant both to discourse studies and to studies of governmentality.We review the narrow impact that Foucault’s ideas have had ondiscourse studies and summarise the scant literature on discourse and governmentalityacross different disciplines. We elucidate the new scholarly understandingsof Foucault’s later work, as well as engage with the debates aboutgovernmentality that have been generated after Foucault. In particular, we give athorough assessment of the reverberations of Foucault’s later work on governmentalityto clarify its contemporary relevance for discourse studies. Lastly,we introduce and contextualise the theoretical, methodological and analyticalinnovations in discourse studies to be found in the chapters in this volume,before concluding on the contributions that the book makes to both discoursestudies and studies of governmentality.


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