Le peripezie dello Stato tra Foucault e Bourdieu

Clara Mogno


Traditionally, the State is one of the main objects of political theory, political philosophy and sociology. Bourdieu and Foucault have both attempted to understand the State and its functions, by approaching the topic in two very different ways. They certainly share the will to analyse it through its concrete actions and practices: it is possible to read a redefinition of the gaze that must be adopted in order to handle this peculiar object. After briefly analysing how Bourdieu defines the State, I focus on three specific moments when Bourdieu refers to Foucault’s works during the lectures on the State he gave at the Collège de France. In particular, I analyse Foucault’s attempt to propose an alternative perspective to the one based on a circular ontology, according to which the State is considered a transcendental entity.  


State, Power, Governmentality, Symbolic violence, Transcendence.

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