Revealing the governmentality of demographic change in Germany with the manifold discourse-analytical ‘toolbox’ of Foucault

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German discourses of demographic change are characterised by alarmism.A continuously growing number of publications in the mass media addresspopulation aging and shrinking by depicting mostly dystopian future scenarios.Some governmental strategies employ demographic discourse to promptindividuals to react to ‘objective’ scientific facts in their everyday life. If the stateis allegedly no longer able to provide social security systems and the society isdoomed to suffer from a ‘generation-conflict’, citizens as ‘entrepreneurs of theself ’ are expected to endorse private social insurances and later retirement.Michel Foucault’s early to late works are used to analyse the underlying ordersof knowledge in textual, numerical, and graphical forms in order to examine thegovernmental rationale that relies on this knowledge.


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