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By Matthew G. Hannah

Past due nineteenth-century the United States was once a time of industrialization and urbanization. Immigration used to be expanding and standard hierarchies have been being challenged. Combining empirical and theoretical fabric, Hannah explores the modernization of the yank federal govt in this interval. Discussions of gender, race and colonial wisdom have interaction with Foucault's principles on "governmentality." via an research of the paintings of Francis A. Walker, a in demand political economist and educator of the time, the writer demonstrates that the modernization of the yankee nationwide nation used to be a completely spatial and explicitly geographical undertaking.

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Anderson, The American census: A social history (New Haven, CT, 1988), 85, 33. Foucault, “Governmentality,” 103. 32 Governmentality and the mastery of territory “governmentalization of the state” is precisely the way I would characterize the process I intend to chart in the context of the late nineteenth-century United States. But the phrase clearly implies some prior existence of the state, and implies also that the transformation wrought in the state has results that are interesting in some way.

Anderson, The American census: A social history (New Haven, CT, 1988), 85, 33. Foucault, “Governmentality,” 103. 32 Governmentality and the mastery of territory “governmentalization of the state” is precisely the way I would characterize the process I intend to chart in the context of the late nineteenth-century United States. But the phrase clearly implies some prior existence of the state, and implies also that the transformation wrought in the state has results that are interesting in some way.

One of these poles – the first to be formed, it seems – centered on the body as a machine: its disciplining, the optimization of its capabilities, the extortion of its forces, the parallel increase of its usefulness and its docility, its integration into systems of efficient and economic controls, all this was ensured by the procedures of power that characterized the disciplines: an anatomo-politics of the human body. The second, formed somewhat later, focused on the species body, the body imbued with the mechanisms of life and serving as the basis of the biological processes: propagation, births and mortality, the level of health, life expectancy and longevity, with all the conditions that can cause these to vary.

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