Art, Work and Politics in Disciplinary Societies and Societies of Security

AuthorMaurizio Lazzarato
Date2008
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Lazzarato, Maurizio. “Art, work and politics in disciplinary societies and societies of security.” Radical Philosophy 149 (2008): 26.

According to Michel Foucault, for some time we have been leaving disciplinary societies in order to enter into societies of security that, unlike the former, ‘tolerate a whole host of behaviours that are different, varied, or even deviant and antagonistic toward one another’. These societies lead us beyond disciplines, because they put in place policies regarding the government of conducts that are exercised through the management of heterogeneities and the ‘optimization of systems of differences’ – that is, through the differential administration of inequalities (disparities in situation, income, status, knowledge, and so on)…

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