ABSTRACT

Abstract ThischapterdrawsouttherelevanceofMichelFoucault'swork onformsof'social'regulationandtrainingtoasocialistaudience.Inanintroductiontohisconceptionofpower,Marxist theoryisimplicatedinFoucault'scriticismsofclassicalconceptionsofpower-as-sovereignty.Someuntenable'Nietzschean' ingredientsofhisposition,particularlyhispreoccupationwith 'power'and'subjectification'aredistinguishedfromamore rewardingemphasisontheconstructionofspecificcategories ofsocialagentandtheirattributes;andontheformationofthe politicallyambiguousdomainof'social'policiesandprogrammes.Theseemphasesrenderproblematiccurrentsocialist conceptionsof'socialization'and'social'revolution.