By Jonathan Xavier Inda
This publication brings jointly various anthropological writings which are encouraged by means of the French thinker Michel Foucault and consider Foucault’s contribution to present theories of modernity.
- Treats modernity as an ethnographic item via concentrating on its concrete manifestations.
- Tackles problems with extensive curiosity: from colonialism and globalization to conflict, genetics, and AIDS.
- Draws on paintings from North and South the USA, Europe, Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.
- Contributors contain James Ferguson, Akhil Gupta, Aihwa Ong, Paul Rabinow, and Rayna Rapp.
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What really counts is this complex of men and things. Indeed, it is this complex that is the fundamental target of government. Everything else, including territory, is simply a variable. A second key difference is that whereas the end of sovereignty is the common good, the object of government is the efficient and productive disposition of things. This means that with government it is not a matter of imposing law on people but of arranging things so as to produce an end appropriate to and convenient for each of the things governed.
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They do, but only as it concerns the law. At work here is the idea that the sovereign’s right to rule should be grounded in the notion of the common good. This notion ‘‘refers to a state of affairs where all the subjects without exception obey the laws, accomplish the tasks expected of them, practice the trade to which they are assigned, and respect the established order insofar as this order conforms to the laws imposed by God on nature and men’’ (2000: 210). The common good means, in other words, compliance with the law, either that of the worldly sovereign or that of God, the supreme ruler.