Foucault with Marx
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In Foucault with Marx, Bidet investigates Marxian and Foucauldian criticisms of capitalist modernity with unprecedented detail. For Marx, the intersection between capital and the market is crucial, and property-owners make up the true ruling class. Foucault, Bidet explains, argued that organizational elements of capital are key, and therefore managers hold the dominating power and knowledge in society. Labeling these two sides of the capitalist coin as “market” and “organization,” Bidet shows how each leads to specific forms of social conflict, and he walks the reader through the catastrophic aftereffects of both. Offering more than just a comparative theoretical analysis, Bidet unites two chief figures of critical social theory at last, and in turn, bridges the long-held separation between the old left and the new.
Comprehensive and decisive, Foucault with Marx will enliven dialogues across the political spectrum and interest anyone with a passion for intelligent, thought-provoking social philosophy.
Introduction: Why Unite Marx and Foucault, and How?
1. The Marx/Foucault Difference: Discipline and Governmentality
1.1 Discipline society/class society: surveillance and punishment
1.2 Civil society against class state: the Collège de France lectures of 1977-79
2. Property-Power and Knowledge-Power
2.1 Foucault explores the ‘pole’ that Marx left in a grey zone
2.2 Foucault, theoretician of the knowledge-power of “competent-elites”
2.3 Foucault, historian and critic of ‘competent-elites’
3. Marxian Structuralism and Foucauldian Nominalism?
3.1 Micro-relations of power and macro-relationships of class
3.2 Apparatuses of power versus class structures
3.3 Shortcoming and relevance of Marx and Foucault
4. Marx’s ‘Capitalism’ and Foucault’s ‘Liberalism’
4.1 The historical productivity of ‘capitalism’
4.2 The history of ‘liberalism’
Elements of Conclusion: A Strategy from Below
Provocation and interpellation
Strategy and hegemony
The dispersed order of strategy from below
Beyond class horizons