THE POLICING OF FAMILIES. By Jacqztes Donzelot. New York: Random. House, , pp., $ (paperback). In this scholarly book, Donzelot. The Policing of Families(first published in French in [English edition, ]) is Jacques Donzelot’s best-known book and a crucial point of reference in. In an analysis that adds to the growing debate on tensions between the modern state and the family, Professor Donzelot (Sociology, Nanterre).

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Yet, there were professional sectors that experienced the crisis as a personal, professional, and intellectual opportunity. The family here is situated as the eyes, ears and hands of educationalists, the medical profession and ultimately the state. Read more Read less. The goal of this volume, Foucault, the Family and Politics, is twofold. As we have seen, population control is identified with fascism and socialism or anarchist feminism and Malthusianism.

Donzelot also provides a critique of Marxist, psychoanalytic, and feminist conceptions of the family and shows how the policies of the state and the professions molded working-class and middle-class families in quite different ways.

In his next work, Donzelot himself would level a radical critique of such philosophical assumptions — ironically without ever acknowledging that he held the same assumptions in The Policing of Families. It was impossible not to criticise social work if the aim was to produce a discourse of prestige, winning political capital. And he did it well, very well [ Renan Virginio marked it as to-read Jan familiss, Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

These professional and policimg interventions found an essential support from women, whose role donzzelot the family they attempted to strengthen. Amazon Inspire Ffamilies Educational Resources. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. And lo and behold, from the mid- nineteenth century onwards the family engaged in searching out the slightest traces of sexuality in its midst. Advancing the remarks of this Introduction, Lenoir with Duschinsky begin by observing that Foucault makes refer- ence to the family in a few dazzling yet brief passages.


For him, social work was a space of knowledge that fell short of his initial expectations.

Blake Scott marked it as to-read Jul 02, Families did not want to besmirch their honour; the State did not want to lose its strength and population. Furthermore, donzeelot enable us to challenge established orthodoxies in reading Foucault — for instance, the mass of jacquez and commen- taries based on the oblique and compressed treatments of the Western nuclear familiees in History of Sexuality, Volume 1.

Foucault thus turns his attention to the way in which a construction of the sexual instinct as the secret of normal or abnormal identity was constituted through discourse on these four figures. Of course, any description handpicks some aspects that describe and others that do not.

A system of tutelage is established through jacquex work and oriented toward the lower classes, and a system of control by contract is aimed at the middle and upper classes and effected famipies the currency of psychoanalysis. Though choosing the profession of social work ran counter to family hopes of social advancement in more traditional sectors, a demographic of young, male population from a more diverse social background entered the profession.

Philanthropy attempted to bring them back home. Log In Sign Up. Oxford University Press, On the other hand, Foucault and Donzelot insisted on family autonomy towards these systems and apparatuses. Nathan rated it it was amazing Jul 05, The following poles of discourses on social work in the field during the incipient period can thus be distinguished: In short, because of contacts.

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The Policing Of Families by Jacques Donzelot

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Within such an account, social work was devoid of any logic of its own and was merely politics in tye. Although contributing an incisive account of ethical subjectivity, these chapters by Foucault have not generally been seen as a theoretical contribution on the topic of the family. Palgrave Macmillan is the global academic imprint of the above companies and has companies and representatives throughout the world.


Donzelot would go on and theorise totalitarian, Bolshevik, and fascist unity in his next work, published inconceived as a settling of scores with the leftism to which ajcques belonged. Pony rated it it was ok Feb 26, Robert Castel recalls being invited along with a young analyst of social work to an audience of professionals who were harshly scolded by that young intellectual.

Books by Jacques Donzelot. At times, the interpretation clearly raises ethical and epistemological problems. Playing upon the currency metaphor, Donzelot argues that psychoanalysis does not impose any definite or of action but rather allows moral rules “”to float in relation to one another until they find their equilibrium.

The Policing Of Families

Vyara Popova marked it as to-read Aug 10, jacqes The second component was a medical- hygienist apparatus that would regulate working-class birth rates and famklies norms of civilised life, sustained by children jacqus women. Donzelot considered that the family, subjected to academic, health and welfare mechanisms, lost its autonomy: Each form of discourse is linked to, and helps support the other, through a shared model of human nature and its interests.

However, Thom argues, the experience of particular subjects of their famllies and the psychological and social forces that they navigate do not receive sustained conceptualisation or elaboration by Foucault at a theoretical level.

Karen Greene marked it as to-read Aug 24, Could there be power dynamics in the micro-physics of the way in which I care for my infant?

Foucault places the family as an absolutely integral institution to judgements in modern societies regarding the normal and the abnor- mal, the acceptable and the unacceptable. It also identifies the biopolitics of sexu- ality as an apparatus that organises the family, and the relationship between the family and institutions of public governance.