chapter  6
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Community vs Population: The Case of Men who have Sex with Men

Whether in Simey’s list, or in an updated version, all these amenities and functions are subject to administration. They have developed particular admi­ nistrative technologies and knowledge. They constitute in particular ways the subject on which they act, whether as a customer, a consumer, a citizen or an inmate. In this respect, Nikolas Rose has suggested,

Government, in the sense in which I use the term, refers neither to the actions of a calculating political subject, nor to the operations of bureaucratic mechanisms and personnel. It describes, rather, a certain way of striving to reach social and political ends by acting in a calculated manner upon the forces, activities and relations of the individuals that constitute a population.