Explores the work of this influential twentieth century philosoher who overturned our assumptions about madness, sexuality and criminality.
Michel Foucault's work was described at his death as the most important event of thought in our century. As a philosopher, historian and political activist he certainly left behind an enduring and influential body of work, but is this acclaim justified? This graphic guide places his work in its turbulent philosophical and political context, and critically explores his mission to expose the links between knowledge and power in the human sciences, their discourses and institutions. This book explains how Foucault overturned our assumptions about the experience and perception of madness, sexuality and criminality, and the often brutal social practices of confinement, confession and discipline. It also describes his engagement with psychiatry and clinical medicine, his political activism and the transgressive aspects of pleasure and desire that he promoted in his writing.
Christopher Horrocks is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Design at Kingston University. His previous books include Introducing Baudrillard and Baudrillard and the Millennium (both published by Icon/Totem). Zoran Jetvic is a hugely renowned illustrator.
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