The Resource Disorderly families : infamous letters from the Bastille Archives, [compiled by] Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault ; edited by Nancy Luxon ; translated by Thomas Scott-Railton ; afterword to the English edition by Arlette Farge

Disorderly families : infamous letters from the Bastille Archives, [compiled by] Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault ; edited by Nancy Luxon ; translated by Thomas Scott-Railton ; afterword to the English edition by Arlette Farge

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Disorderly families : infamous letters from the Bastille Archives
Title
Disorderly families
Title remainder
infamous letters from the Bastille Archives
Statement of responsibility
[compiled by] Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault ; edited by Nancy Luxon ; translated by Thomas Scott-Railton ; afterword to the English edition by Arlette Farge
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Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
"Drunken and debauched husbands; libertine wives; vagabonding children. These and many more are the subjects of requests for confinement written to the king of France in the eighteenth century. These letters of arrest (lettres de cachet) from France's Ancien Regime were often associated with excessive royal power and seen as a way for the king to imprison political opponents. In Disorderly Families, first published in French in 1982, Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault collect ninety-four letters from ordinary families who, with the help of hired scribes, submitted complaints to the king to intervene and resolve their family disputes. Gathered together, these letters show something other than the exercise of arbitrary royal power, and offer unusual insight into the infamies of daily life. From these letters come stories of divorce and marital conflict, sexual waywardness, reckless extravagance, and abandonment. The letters evoke a fluid social space in which life in the home and on the street was regulated by the rhythms of relations between husbands and wives, or parents and children. Most impressively, these letters outline how ordinary people seized the mechanisms of power to address the king and make demands in the name of an emerging civil order. Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault were fascinated by the letters' explosive qualities and by how they both illustrated and intervened in the workings of power and governmentality. Disorderly Families sheds light on Foucault's conception of political agency and his commitment to theorizing how ordinary lives come to be touched by power. This first English translation is complete with an introduction from the book's editor, Nancy Luxon, as well as notes that contextualize the original 1982 publication and eighteenth-century policing practices"--
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364.10944/09033
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Index
index present
LC call number
HV8204
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Disorderly families : infamous letters from the Bastille Archives, [compiled by] Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault ; edited by Nancy Luxon ; translated by Thomas Scott-Railton ; afterword to the English edition by Arlette Farge
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Translator's Preface; Editor's Introduction; Disorderly Families; Introduction; 1. Marital Discord; LETTERS; Households in Ruin; The Imprisonment of Wives; The Debauchery of Husbands; The Tale of a Request; 2. Parents and Children; LETTERS; The Disruption of Affairs; Shameful Concubinage; The Dishonor of Waywardness; Domestic Violence; Bad Apprentices; Exiles; Family Honor; Parental Ethos, 1728: The Rationale for Sentiment; Parental Ethos, 1758: The Duty to Educate; 3. When Addressing the King; Afterword to the English Edition; Arlette Farge
  • NotesGlossary of Places; B; C; E; F; H; I; L; M; P; Q; S; Name Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; J; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; V; Z
Control code
ocn967109555
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1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781452951935
Lccn
2017000131
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computer
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rdamedia
Media type code
n
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4e789721-3e1c-4b54-8aef-ff85715420da
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.b36078232
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (OCoLC)967109555
  • jstor1452951926

Library Locations

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