1. Preliminaries : Foucault's search for a place from which to challenge academic disciplines 2. Foucault on the social relations of punishing, 'surveilling' and disciplining 3. Biopolitics 4. Governmentality, security, police 5. Governmentality studies in criminology and sociolegal studies : the emergence of 'governmentality' as a paradigm 6. The punitive society 7. The forensic roots of modern science and law 8. Final reflections.