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p. 604. Governing bodieslocked

  • Chris Shilling

Abstract

Theories of governance—how rule or regulation is accomplished across nations, institutions, and organizations—have long included a focus on strategies states pursue in seeking to control and develop the bodily capacities of their citizens. In so doing, they raise questions about how states conceptualize the bodies which they seek to govern; which aspects of people’s embodied beings they value; and the resistance they may confront when attempting to implement their policies and achieve their aims. ‘Governing bodies’ considers the thoughts of sociologist Bryan S. Turner; French philosopher Michel Foucault, who focused on the transition from medieval to modern forms of governance; and issues of security and biopolitics.

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