Security, Territory, Population: Lectures at the College de France

Marking a major development in Foucault's thinking, this book derives from the lecture course which he gave at the Collège de France between January and April, 1978. Taking as his starting point the notion of 'bio-power', introduced both in his 1976 course Society Must be Defended and in the first volume of his History of Sexuality, Foucault sets out to study the foundations of this new technology of power over population. Distinct from disciplinary techniques, the mechanisms of power are here finely entwined with technologies of security, and it is to the 18th century developments of these technologies with which the first chapters of the book are concerned. By the fourth lecture however Foucault's attention turns, focusing newly on a history of 'governmentality' from the first centuries of the Christian era through to the emergence of the modern nation state.

Book contents:

  1. General Perspective of the Lectures: the Study of Bio-Power

  2. General features of the Apparatuses of Security

  3. General features of the Apparatuses of Security II

  4. The problem of Government in the Sixteenth Century

  5. Why Study Governmentality?

  6. Analysis of the Pastorate

  7. The Notion of Conduct

  8. From the Pastoral of Souls to the Political Government of Men