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- ISBN: 9780981280714 | 0981280714
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 12/30/2009
While contemporary inquiries into theoretical linkages between political economy and security are rare, the exploration of these connections formed the cornerstone of political, social and economic philosophy during the upheavals of Enlightenmentl Europe. "A General Police System", a term borrowed from the late eighteenth century thinker Patrick Colquhoun, examines the overlapping genealogies of commerce, security, surveillance and the problem of poverty in the works of foundational English and Continental thinkers of the 17th to early 19th centuries. This book reviews and revives the epic project of police and critically re-examines the drive to classify, regulate and control populations, providing a renewed materialist contribution toward a contemporary critique of security.