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Police and the Liberal State$
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Markus D. Dubber and Mariana Valverde

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759328

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759328.001.0001

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Police, Sovereignty, and Law

Police, Sovereignty, and Law

Foucaultian Reflections

(p.15) One Police, Sovereignty, and Law
Police and the Liberal State

Mariana Valverde

Stanford University Press

This chapter makes a significant contribution to our understanding of Foucault's thought on the police and the relation of the police to law and government in particular. It develops an original argument about the importance of Foucault's analysis of modern state formation that will interest Foucault specialists, while at the same time providing an accessible introduction to the uninitiated. It discusses several themes that will recur throughout the book, including the contrast but not incompatibility of liberal and police government, and the connection between police government and the project of urbanization and even the very idea of a city.

Keywords:   Foucault, police, law, government, state formation, urbanization

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