Foucault News

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

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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Braun, Bruce P. “A New Urban Dispositif? Governing Life in an Age of Climate Change.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 32, no. 1 (February 2014): 49–64. doi:10.1068/d4313. Abstract In an interview in 1977 Michel Foucault proposed the term dispositif for a heterogeneous set of discourses, practices, architectural forms, regulations, laws, and knowledges connected …

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Sacha Golob (2015) Subjectivity, Reflection and Freedom in Later Foucault, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 23:5, 666-688, DOI: 10.1080/09672559.2015.1091029 Abstract This paper proposes a new reading of the interaction between subjectivity, reflection and freedom within Foucault’s later work. I begin by introducing three approaches to subjectivity, locating these in relation both to Foucault’s texts and …

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Godrej, Farah. “The neoliberal yogi and the politics of yoga.” Political Theory 45, no. 6 (2017): 772-800. DOI: 10.1177/0090591716643604 Abstract Can the theory and practice of the yogic tradition serve as a challenge to dominant cultural and political norms in the Western world? In this essay I demonstrate that modern yoga is a creature of …

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Valdivia, Gabriela , “Eco-Governmentality” , in The Routledge Handbook of Political Ecology ed. Tom Perreault , Gavin Bridge and James McCarthy (Abingdon: Routledge, 17 Jun 2015 ), accessed 19 Dec 2019 , Routledge Handbooks Online. Abstract “Eco-governmentality” is a Foucaultian-inspired power analytic that political ecologists use to examine nature–society relationships. Since its early days, political ecologists have used Marxist-inspired critique to explain environmental domination and oppression (Watts 1983; Blaikie and Brookfield 1987; …

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Special feature: The government of life. Economy and Society (2015), Volume 44, issue 1, 2015 The government of life: managing populations, health and scarcity Kaspar Villadsen & Ayo Wahlberg The Malthus Effect: population and the liberal government of life Mitchell Dean Real-time biopolitics: the actuary and the sentinel in global public health Andrew Lakoff The …

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Kakuk P. (ed) Bioethics and Biopolitics. Advancing Global Bioethics, vol 8. Springer, Cham, 2017 This volume links three different theoretical approaches that have a common focus on the relationship between biopolitics and bioethics. This collection of papers can be categorized into different domains that are representative of the contemporary usage of biopolitics as a concept. …

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Garland, David, ‘What is a “history of the present”? On Foucault’s genealogies and their critical preconditions’ Punishment & Society (2014) 16(4)365 – 384 DOI: 10.1177/1462474514541711 Abstract In this article Michel Foucault’s method of writing a “history of the present” is explained, together with its critical objectives and its difference from conventional historiography. Foucault’s shift from …

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