State Phobia in Foucault readings

Henrique Sater de Andrade
2020 Physis  
The discussion around the State seems to have entered a kind of prohibited zone for the Foucauldian perspective, and post-structuralism more broadly. Instead of investigating its structure, functions and components, researchers from diverse backgrounds have been seeking in recent decades to analyze society beyond the state, decentralizing and displacing its existence. It is an intellectual stance inspired especially by the reflections on "governmentality" made by Michel Foucault in the 70s and
more » ... ult in the 70s and that refuses to take the state as a unified center of control controlled by certain social classes. In another direction, it tries to analyze the heterogeneity of government practices, programs and rationalities in their multiple alliances and actors, including the public sector, community organizations, corporations, and the citizens themselves. Undoubtedly, these analyzes have improved our critical understandings over the exercise of political power and new arrangements of public institutions and policies that have been increasingly permeated by a neoliberal rationality of government. Would they not, on the other hand, have gone too far in abandoning the form of the state in their contemporary political and social analyzes? DEAN, M.; VILLADSEN, K.
doi:10.1590/s0103-73312020300421 fatcat:gpiyytlkv5ghjl7esdtrswjjjm