Foucault News

News and resources on French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

Mark Haugaard (2022): Foucault and Power: A Critique and Retheorization,
Critical Review,

DOI: 10.1080/08913811.2022.2133803

From the perspective of sociological theory, Foucault’s concepts of power, power-knowledge, and discipline are one-sided. While Foucault contends that there is no center of power, his account of power remains top-down or structural, missing the interactive and enabling aspects of power. A more balanced view would suggest that all exercises of power include meaningful agency (the ability to do something); social structures (not simply as constraints but as interactive creations); social knowledge (including both reifying truth claims and enabling truth or knowledge); and social-ontological being-in-the-social-world (both as enabling and dominating).

Foucault agency domination power structure

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