Foucault News

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

Fleming, P., Godfrey, R., Lilley, S. Conceptualizing business logistics as an ‘apparatus of security’ and its implications for management and organizational inquiry (2022) Human Relations DOI: 10.1177/00187267221110458 Abstract Global commodity capitalism necessitates the fast and efficient movement of all manner of entities across the globe. Importantly, this commercial flow needs to be secured against the …

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Tim Christiaens (2022) Biomedical technocracy, the networked public sphere and the biopolitics of COVID-19: notes on the Agamben affair, Culture, Theory and Critique, DOI: 10.1080/14735784.2022.2099919 ABSTRACT Giorgio Agamben’s public interventions during the COVID-19 pandemic against emergency measures like lockdowns, obligatory vaccinations and the prescribed use of masks have been highly controversial. I argue that Agamben’s …

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Special Issue – Call for papers: Biopolitical tensions after pandemic times, Foucault Studies PDF of call for papers Foucault Studies Special issue call for papers Biopolitical tensions after pandemic times Guest editors Annika Skoglund, Uppsala University Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha, Kazi Nazrul University and ILSR, Calcutta Fabiana Jardim, University of São Paulo David Armstrong, King’s College …

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Twyford, E.J. Crisis accountability and aged “care” during COVID-19 (2022) Meditari Accountancy Research DOI: 10.1108/MEDAR-05-2021-1296 Abstract Purpose: This study aims to fill the gaps in mandated reports with social accounts to provide more inclusive accountability during a crisis using the illustrative example of Anglicare’s Newmarch House during a deadly COVID-19 outbreak. Design/methodology/approach: This study uses …

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Alexander J. Means & Yuko Ida (2022) Education after empire: A biopolitical analytics of capital, nation, and identity, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 54:7, 882-891 DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2020.1803836 Abstract As it emerged in the late twentieth century, Empire promised a new era of global cooperation and stability through a seamless integration of late capitalism and neoliberal technocracy. …

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Brenner, D., Tazzioli, M. Defending Society, Building the Nation: Rebel Governance as Competing Biopolitics (2022) International Studies Quarterly, 66 (2) DOI: 10.1093/isq/sqac007 Abstract Rebel groups govern significant parts of territory worldwide. They often deliver crucial public goods and services to populations under their control. Scholarship on rebel governance commonly explains this with the need for …

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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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Meloni, M. An unproblematized truth: Foucault, biopolitics, and the making of a sociological canon (2022) Social Theory and Health DOI: 10.1057/s41285-022-00177-5 Abstract Foucault’s argument that a major break occurred in the nature of power in the European Eighteenth century—an unprecedented socialization of medicine and concern for the health of bodies and populations, the birth of …

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Karmakar, G., Sarkar, J. Virus and Visible Reality: Biopolitics, Crime, and Disability in Peter May’s Lockdown (2021) NALANS: Journal of Narrative and Language Studies, 9 (18), pp. 306-323. Abstract This paper examines Peter May’s crime novel Lockdown (2020) to explain how a bioengineered virus cripples London and results in a crime, the denouement of which …

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