Anthropologies of Modernity: Foucault, Governmentality, and Life Politics

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This book brings together a range of anthropological writings that are inspired by the French philosopher Michel Foucault and examine Foucault's contribution to current theories of modernity. This book: treats modernity as an ethnographic object by focusing on its concrete manifestations; tackles issues of broad interest: from colonialism and globalization to war, genetics, and AIDS; and, draws on work from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. Contributors include James Ferguson, Akhil Gupta, Aihwa Ong, Paul Rabinow, and Rayna Rapp.