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A General Police System: Political Economy and Security in the Age of Enlightenment (Paperback)

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By George S. Rigakos (Editor), John L. McMullan (Editor), Joshua Johnson (Editor)
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While contemporary inquiries into theoretical linkages between political economy and security are rare, the exploration of these connections formed the cornerstone of political, social and economic philosophy during the upheavals of post-feudal Europe. "A General Police System," a term borrowed from the late eighteenth century thinker Patrick Colquhoun, examines the overlapping genealogies of commerce, security, surveillance and the problem of poverty in the works of foundational English and Continental thinkers of the 17th to early 19th centuries. The authors thus revive the epic project of police and critically re-examine its drive to classify, regulate and control populations, providing a renewed materialist contribution toward a contemporary critique of security.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780981280707
ISBN-10: 0981280706
Publisher: Red Quill Books
Publication Date: August 29th, 2009
Pages: 302
Language: English