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Freedom and Its Conditions

Discipline, Autonomy, and Resistance

Freedom and Its Conditions by Richard Flathman
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Can any of us ever really be free?  Do we follow the rules our society gives us because we want to, or because we are forced to?  Discipline, Freedom, Resistance challenges the received wisdom that discipline and freedom are opposite and mutually exclusive.  Though it is typically argued that a well-ordered liberal society must discipline its more unruly citizens to maintain freedom for all, Flathman shows how resistance to rules can mean more than criminals breaking laws.  Resistance can also mean political protest and political dialogues about what the rules can be. Discipline, Freedom, Resistance draws on Foucault's theories of the self to describe the inner discipline it takes to resist authority-declaring that individuals must sometimes resist forces that wish to destroy freedom, to ensure freedom.
Taylor and Francis; January 2013
224 pages; ISBN 9781136784217
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Title: Freedom and Its Conditions
Author: Richard Flathman