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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Muriel marked policint as to-read Dec 10, The Antitotalitarian Moment of the s Oxford: Foucault and Donzelot both argued that, during the seventeenth century, philanthropy attempted to contain illegitimate children because of the large public expenditure they caused. KIRKUS REVIEW In an analysis that adds to the growing debate on tensions between the modern state and the family, Professor Donzelot Sociology, Nanterre studies 1 how the state effected a penetration of the family–how we went from being a “”government of families to a government through the family””; and 2 the rise of social welfare institutions from being viewed as embarrassments poilcing the state concerned only with dire poverty, leprosy, insanity to being seen as a cause for national pride in terms of services offered and numbers treated.

Includes bibliographical references and jacwues. Nor is sexuality a drive naturally directed towards heterosexual partners as a substitute for incestuous objects, as psychoanalysis has argued. Vikki Bell is among ffamilies most authoritative scholars of Foucault and the family. The turning cradle, which preserved children and obliterated any trace of their origin, was a perfect solution.

The Policing Of Families by Jacques Donzelot

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. This conversion famipies reality into a monolithic logic ends up distorting the historical narrative by the very worst form of functionalism. Within and beyond psychoanalytic discourses, we tell ourselves and one another: And the message would have had to have been transformed or else resigned to failure. The recipients in the world of social work would use these discourses to stand out from their less innovative colleagues.

On the other hand, Foucault analyses the way in which members within the family regularly call on discourses from society at large in order to manage or transform the operation of and the intimate relationships donzepot the family.


There were two features of this position: Foucault is sug- gesting here that discourses on pilicing have not happened upon these four topics by chance, donzzelot rather that the way in which we perceive our sexuality and broader identity today has been shaped by the constitu- tive role of these four figures. Underpinning each of these previous three familial figures was the pilicing for personal abnormality and social harm if the sexual instinct, as the inner truth of the individual, became perverse.

According to him, this is a sterile sociological model that ignores that marginalised and dominated cultures idealise their conditions of existence — and in this sense, they are counter-cultures — yet at the cost of concealing how much of it is due to deprivation and domination and in that sense, they are subcultures.

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. University of Minnesota Press, Fdintino rated it really liked it Nov 12, And, like the research of Robert Castel, this work should be available to social work journals and their readers.

The Policing Of Families

In addition, she has been enjoined to exercise her authority through embodied and affective means, experiencing feelings of extreme closeness with her children as well as responsibility and social blame when her children are seen as deviant from imputed norms. Yet, when Donzelot forgets to describe how individuals interact with these structures, he passes from a structuralism of method to a structuralist metaphysics in which the same thing is always reproduced.

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The family here is situated as the eyes, ears and hands of educationalists, the medical profession and ultimately the state. Page 1 donezlot 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Blake Scott marked it as to-read Jul 02, Yet this regime would enter into a crisis. Yet, I was not Parisian, but rather very provincial. The Language of Blood. And, as a fourth line of argument, Donzelot sees a new alliance emerging between medicine and the state.


This section presents three profiles that enable us to understand the features of the different worlds that intersected and collaborated in the political project: Emily rated it really liked it Jan 21, Given the strong demand for explorations of the family with reference to a Foucauldean perspective, there is space for new, cutting-edge work on the topic.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. These professional and philanthropic interventions found an essential support from women, whose role within the family they attempted to strengthen.

Gillian Harkins moves from the history of modern familial relations to an account of the family and politics as they are changing today. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.


Be the first to ask a question about The Policing Of Families. Donelot traces the transition of control from the Church where priests constructed the images of the “ideal” family to educational, judicial, medical and psychiatric constructed images of the ideal family. In The Policing of Families, Jacques Donzelot, a student and colleague of Michel Foucault, offers an account of public intervention in the regulation of family affairs since the eighteenth dknzelot, showing how this intervention effected radical changes in the structure of what had traditionally been a private domain.

Lists with This Book. More rigour was called for; in response to this demand, an important group of policig intellectuals would produce new kinds of jacqurs. Mariam marked it as to-read Nov 23, Duschinsky, Robbie, — II. Renan Virginio marked it as to-read Jan 23, In its account of social work practice, The Policing of Families followed the tracks of Foucauldian theory of the relationship between psychiatry and the family.

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