Paper $16.95 ISBN: 9781783605378 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only
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Foucault with Marx

Jacques Bidet

Foucault with Marx

Jacques Bidet

Distributed for Zed Books

Translated by Steven Corcoran
256 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2016
Paper $16.95 ISBN: 9781783605378 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783605385 Published July 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Two of the world’s greatest political theorists, Foucault and Marx were highly influential during their respective time periods—and remain so today. Bringing the works of these powerful thinkers together for the first time, Jacques Bidet offers a radical synthesis of Marxian and Foucauldian theory.
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.
Notes on the translation

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

Marx’s strategies
Foucault’s strategies
Provocation and interpellation
Strategy and hegemony
The dispersed order of strategy from below
Beyond class horizons

Review Quotes
Nick Srnicek, coauthor of Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work
“In this important work, Jacques Bidet shows with patient and piercing insight why it is necessary to think Foucault with Marx (and Marx with Foucault) in order to make sense of the contemporary world. It will undoubtedly become an essential work for anyone seeking to think through the productive relations between the two thinkers.”
Fredric Jameson, author of The Political Unconscious and Marxism and Form
“The ongoing confrontation between Marx and Foucault is a primary theoretical issue implicit in every political struggle today, whether domestic or international.  Bidet's careful and detailed staging of the intersections of these two quite different bodies of theory is an indispensable exercise.”
Etienne Balibar, coauthor of Reading Capital
“In the growing literature confronting and combining the legacies of Marx and Foucault, Bidet’s contribution will stand out with exceptional relevance. It is both firmly anchored in the author’s doctrine of the ‘dual’ nature of capitalist domination (capital as property and capital as knowledge) and full of imaginative readings of the texts.”
Robert Jessop, author of The Future of the Capitalist State
“Bidet creatively interrogates Marx’s critique of property and class relations and Foucault’s critique of knowledge-power relations to produce an original synthesis that informs a novel approach to resistance and struggles for counter-hegemony in the present neoliberal conjuncture.”
Marx and Philosophy Review of Books
“Competent and lucid. . . . Hold[s] out hope of reconnecting what used to be called the ‘new social movements’ with struggles against capitalism.”
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