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The Government of DesireA Genealogy of the Liberal Subject$
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Miguel de Beistegui

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226547374

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226547404.001.0001

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The Birth of Homo Oeconomicus

The Birth of Homo Oeconomicus

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(p.31) 1 The Birth of Homo Oeconomicus
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The Government of Desire
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Miguel de Beistegui

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226547404.003.0002

This chapter draws on Foucault’s Birth of Biopolitics to trace a. the emergence of biopower as a new form of power, oriented toward the government of populations, one that requires a different rationality of government, namely management, and a different kind of knowledge, namely, political economy; b. the birth of political economy as a discourse of truth; c. the transformation of the role and place of the market, and of its relation to the state; d. the emergence of the homo economicus, or the individual as a subject of interests and desires.

Keywords:   Biopower, population, Foucault, interest, utility, political economy, market, Law, physiocrats

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