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- DescriptionA Dubious Science tells the story of nineteenth-century French political ecomy, an academic discipline that aspired to the status and authority of a hard science alongside such disciplines as physics and chemistry. It chronicles political ecomists' encounter with the social question - all those unexpected social consequences of nineteenth-century industrialization - which offered concrete evidence that industrial capitalism showed few signs of guaranteeing happiness and ecomic success to all productive members of society. The social question forced ecomists to admit that their theoretical assumptions were t working in practice the way they were supposed to in theory and to confront the possibility that their science might be less certain than they had believed. This book explores the relationship between the unexpected socio-ecomic realities of an industrializing society and the disciplinary formation and self-protection of an aspiring human science, and it links political ecomy's aspirations to governmentality, that peculiarly modern type of power explored by Michel Foucault. Like other dubious human sciences during the nineteenth century, French political ecomy was embroiled in a network of interventionist strategies, administered both from inside and outside the state, designed to produce docile bodies, obedient souls, and a content and productive population. A Dubious Science should prove valuable in courses on ecomic thought and its history; the history of the human sciences; the history and sociology of the professions; as well as the broader history of European industrialization and its consequences.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Elizabeth M. Sage is Associate Professor of History at Whittier College. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is presently working on a project dealing with the street in nineteenth-century France.
- Author(s)Elizabeth M. Sage
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/09/2009
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Series TitleStudies in Modern European History
- Series Part/Volume Number65
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Weight440 g
- Width160 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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