Aggarwal, N.K.Mental discipline, punishment and recidivism: Reading Foucault against de-radicalisation programmes in the War on Terror (2013) Critical Studies on Terrorism. Article in Press.
This article uses Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish to examine how de-radicalisation programmes in the War on Terror transform power-knowledge relations, mental discipline and punishment by attempting to instil self-governance through non-violence. Foucault’s theories on the evolution of discipline and punishment can be applied to de-radicalisation programmes, but only after considerable revision. By asking questions on the nature of knowledge, practice, state involvement and recidivism of de-radicalisation, I contend that many programmes may be ultimately limited by a disproportionate focus on religious rehabilitation rather than political dialogue regarding the motivations for such violence.
critical terrorism studies; cultural psychiatry; de-radicalisation; forensic psychiatry; psychiatric anthropology