chapter  2
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Governmentality and culture

The art of government can take all sorts of stances towards freedom. It can try to shape it or treat it as an artefact of certain governmental arrangements. It can seek to educe it among some and presuppose it among others. It can treat the governed as free persons or citizens, and rely on their capacities to govern themselves rather than try to govern them. It can use freedom as a technical means for achieving its ends.