Stephen Legg and Deena Heath (eds.) South Asian Governmentalities: Michel Foucault and the Question of Postcolonial Orderings – Cambridge UP, 2018

9781108428514Stephen Legg and Deena Heath (eds.), South Asian Governmentalities: Michel Foucault and the Question of Postcolonial Orderings – Cambridge University Press, 2018

This volume analyses the ways in which the works of one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century, Michel Foucault, have been received and re-worked by scholars of South Asia. South Asian Governmentalities surveys the past, present, and future lives of the mutually constitutive disciplinary fields of governmentality – a concept introduced by Foucault himself – and South Asian studies. It aims to chart the intersection of post-structuralism and postcolonialism that has seen the latter Foucault being used to ask new questions in and of South Asia, and the experiences of post-colonies used to tease and test the utility of European philosophy beyond Europe. But it also seeks to contribute to the rich body of work on South Asian governmentalities through a critical engagement with the lecture series delivered by Foucault at the Collège de France from 1971 until his death in 1984, which have now become available in English.

1. Introducing South Asian governmentalities Deana Heath and Stephen Legg
2. Governmentality in the East Partha Chatterjee
3. Pastoral care, the reconstitution of pastoral power and the creation of disobedient subjects under colonialism Indrani Chatterjee
4. The abiding binary: the social and the political in modern India Prathama Banerjee
5. Colonial and nationalist truth regimes: empire, Europe and the latter Foucault Stephen Legg
6. Law as economy/economy as governmentality: convention, corporation, currency Ritu Birla
7. Do elephants have souls? Animal subjectivities and colonial encounters Jonathan Saha
8. Plastic history, caste and the government of things in modern India Sara Hodges
9. Changing the subject: from feminist governmentality to technologies of the (feminist) self Srila Roy
10. The tortured body: the irrevocable tension between sovereign and biopower in colonial Indian technologies of Rule Deana Heath
11. The subject in question Gerry Kearns

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