Foucault News

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

Timothy Konoval, Jim Denison & Joseph Mills (2019) The cyclical relationship between physiology and discipline: one endurance running coach’s experiences problematizing disciplinary practices, Sports Coaching Review, 8:2, 124-148, DOI: 10.1080/21640629.2018.1487632 ABSTRACT There have been numerous calls by coaching researchers for Foucauldian-informed coach developers to help coaches change their practices to be less reliant on discipline’s …

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Han-yu Huang Risk, Fear and Immunity: Reinventing the Political in the Age of Biopolitics, Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies 37.1 March 2011: 43-71 Abstract As an update of his continual concern for contemporary risk society since the 1980s, Ulrich Beck’s latest work World at Risk (2009) alerts us to the deterritorializing effects of global risk …

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Denison, Jim. “Social Theory for Coaches: A Foucauldian Reading of One Athlete’s Poor Performance.” International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching 2, no. 4 (December 2007): 369–83. https://doi.org/10.1260/174795407783359777. Abstract This paper explores my “sense making” when a male cross-country runner was coaching performed below expectation. My initial understanding of his poor performance was to blame …

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Cantrell, Sarah K. “”I solemnly swear I am up to no good”: Foucault’s Heterotopias and Deleuze’s Any-Spaces-Whatever in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series.” Children’s Literature 39 (2011): 195-212. doi:10.1353/chl.2011.0012. Abstract It is no secret that we live on an endangered planet. In the past year, we have witnessed catastrophic earthquakes, oil spills, floods, and …

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Victor Marchezini, The Biopolitics of Disaster: Power, Discourses, and Practices, Human Organization, Vol. 74, Iss. 4, (Winter 2015): 362-371. DOI:10.17730/0018-7259-74.4.362 Abstract With the increase in frequency and visibility of disasters in contemporary state societies, national governments have developed a collection of agencies to manage catastrophic events. These institutions invariably deal with human populations as a …

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Povinelli, Elizabeth A., Mathew Coleman, and Kathryn Yusoff. “An Interview with Elizabeth Povinelli: Geontopower, Biopolitics and the Anthropocene.” Theory, Culture & Society 34, no. 2–3 (May 2017): 169–85. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276417689900. Open access Abstract This article is an interview with Elizabeth Povinelli, by Mathew Coleman and Kathryn Yusoff. It addresses Povinelli’s approaches to ‘geontologies’ and ‘geontopower’, and …

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Clements, Paul. “Highgate Cemetery Heterotopia: A Creative Counterpublic Space.” Space and Culture 20, no. 4 (November 2017): 470–84. https://doi.org/10.1177/1206331217724976. Open access Abstract Highgate Cemetery is nominally presented as a heterotopia, constructed, and theorized through the articulation of three “spaces.” First, it is configured as a public space which organizes the individual and the social, where …

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A. Pitsikali & R. Parnell (2019) The public playground paradox: ‘child’s joy’ or heterotopia of fear?, Children’s Geographies, 17:6, 719-731, DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2019.1605046 ABSTRACT Literature depicts children of the Global North withdrawing from public space to ‘acceptable islands’. Driven by fears both of and for children, the public playground – one such island – provides clear-cut …

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Miguel de Beistegui, The Government of Desire. A Genealogy of the Liberal Subject, University of Chicago Press, 2018 Liberalism, Miguel de Beistegui argues in The Government of Desire, is best described as a technique of government directed towards the self, with desire as its central mechanism. Whether as economic interest, sexual drive, or the basic …

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Gunn, A. Foucauldian Discourse Analysis and Early Childhood Education. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Published online: 23 May 2019 Summary Formal early childhood education is a relatively modern institution to which increasing numbers of children are routinely exposed. Since the modern invention of childhood, the early childhood years have been increasingly established as a site …

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