Foucault News

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

Mark Davis, Niamh Stephenson, Paul Flowers, Compliant, complacent or panicked? Investigating the problematisation of the Australian general public in pandemic influenza control, Social Science & Medicine, Volume 72, Issue 6, 2011, Pages 912-918 DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.01.016 Abstract This article examines how pandemic influenza control policies interpellate the public. We analyse Australian pandemic control documents and key …

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Alan Ingram, Viral geopolitics: biosecurity and global health governance, In Biosecurity: The Socio-Politics of Invasive Species and Infectious Diseases, Edited ByAndrew Dobson, Kezia Barker, Sarah L. Taylor, Routledge, 2013 This chapter examines tensions surrounding the development and reworking of global health governance in response to concerns about emerging infectious diseases since the 1980s. It focuses …

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Hanne Svarstad, Tor A. Benjaminsen, Ragnhild Overå, Power theories in political ecology, Journal of Political Ecology, Vol 25, No 1 (2018) DOI: 10.2458/v25i1.23044 Open access Abstract Power plays a key role in definitions of political ecology. Likewise, empirical studies within this field tend to provide detailed presentations of various uses of power, involving corporate and …

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Linda Martín Alcoff, Rape and Resistance, Polity, 2018 DESCRIPTION Sexual violence has become a topic of intense media scrutiny, thanks to the bravery of survivors coming forward to tell their stories. But, unfortunately, mainstream public spheres too often echo reports in a way that inhibits proper understanding of its causes, placing too much emphasis on …

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Emma Foster, Foucault and Ecology, in Lisa Downing (ed.) After Foucault: Culture, Theory, and Criticism in the 21st Century, Cambridge University Press, 2018 DOI: 10.1017/9781316492864.010 Summary A Foucauldian perspective offers a number of interesting and significant insights into the relationship between the cultural representations of ‘Nature’ and the processes of subjectification that underpin environmentalism and ecologism. …

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Maunula, Laena. “The pandemic subject: Canadian pandemic plans and communicating with the public about an influenza pandemic.” Healthcare policy/Politiques de santé vol. 9, Spec Issue (2013): 14-25. Open access Abstract In this paper, I examine the goals for pandemic public communication as outlined in two Canadian plans for pandemic planning and infection control. I critique …

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Alan McKinlay (2009) Foucault, plague, Defoe, Culture and Organization, 15:2, 167-184, DOI: 10.1080/14759550902925336 Abstract For Foucault, the experience of plague is a vital moment in the development of new techniques of power and ways of thinking about the social world. Plague compels city or state authorities to take extreme measures to control disease. Quarantine, of …

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Gislason, M.K. (2013), West Nile virus: the production of a public health pandemic. Sociology of Health & Illness, 35: 188-199. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9566.2012.01535.x open access Abstract The West Nile virus (WNV), as it was presented in the texts and discourses on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) website during its initial emergence, was an effect of …

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Thacker, Eugene. “The Shadows of Atheology: Epidemics, Power and Life after Foucault.” Theory, Culture & Society 26, no. 6 (November 2009): 134–52. doi:10.1177/0263276409347698. Abstract This essay examines a hidden link in biopolitical thinking after Foucault — the relation between biology and theology. The result is a turn away from the dichotomy of life/death and towards …

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Davis, Mark. “”Is it Going to be Real?” Narrative and Media on a Pandemic.” Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research [Online], 18.1 (2017): n. pag. Web. 2 Feb. 2020 DOI: 10.17169/fqs-18.1.2768 Open access Abstract: In this article, I examine the narrative-media nexus as it relates to pandemics. Communications feature in global public health …

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