The Subject and Power

  title={The Subject and Power},
  author={Michel Foucault},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  pages={777 - 795}
The ideas which I would like to discuss here represent neither a theory nor a methodology. I would like to say, first of all, what has been the goal of my work during the last twenty years. It has not been to analyze the phenomena of power, nor to elaborate the foundations of such an analysis. My objective, instead, has been to create a history of the different modes by which, in our culture, human beings are made subjects. My work has dealt with three modes of objectification which transform… Expand
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