Anthropologies of Modernity: Foucault, Governmentality, and Life Politics

Anthropologies of Modernity: Foucault, Governmentality, and Life Politics

Editor(s): Jonathan Xavier Inda

Published Online: 21 APR 2008

Print ISBN: 9780631228264

Online ISBN: 9780470775875

DOI: 10.1002/9780470775875

About this Book

This book brings together a range of anthropological writings that are inspired by the French philosopher Michel Foucault and examine Foucault's contribution to current theories of modernity.


  • Treats modernity as an ethnographic object by focusing on its concrete manifestations.
  • Tackles issues of broad interest: from colonialism and globalization to war, genetics, and AIDS.
  • Draws on work from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.
  • Contributors include James Ferguson, Akhil Gupta, Aihwa Ong, Paul Rabinow, and Rayna Rapp.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Colonial Reasons

  2. Part II: Global Governance

  3. Part III: Technico Sciences

  4. Part IV: Biosocial Subjects

  5. Part V: Necropolitical Projects

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