Freedom and Its Conditions: Discipline, Autonomy, and Resistance
by Richard Flathman
ISBN 0415945615 (0-415-94561-5)
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Hardcover, Routledge, 2003
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Book summary: 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? Freedom and its Conditions 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. This book 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.
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