Foucault News

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

Judith Butler, The Force of Nonviolence. The Ethical in the Political, Verso, February 2020 Towards a form of aggressive nonviolence. Judith Butler’s new book shows how an ethic of nonviolence must be connected to a broader political struggle for social equality. Further, it argues that nonviolence is often misunderstood as a passive practice that emanates …

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Daniel Nemser, Infrastructures of Race. Concentration and Biopolitics in Colonial Mexico, University of Texas Press, 2017. See also radio interview with Daniel Nemser Description Many scholars believe that the modern concentration camp was born during the Cuban war for independence when Spanish authorities ordered civilians living in rural areas to report to the nearest city …

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Pierre Hadot, The Selected Writings of Pierre Hadot. Philosophy as Practice. Translated by Matthew Sharpe, Federico Testa, Bloomsbury, Published: 25-06-2020 This collection of writings from Pierre Hadot (1992-2010) presents, for the first time, previously unreleased and in some cases untranslated materials from one of the world’s most prominent classical philosophers and historians of thought. As …

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Originally posted on affecognitive:
 The first part of this edited collection reflected on Foucault as a reader of Marx.  In the book’s second part, five essays respond to the various Marxisms of the 19th-20th centuries and how Foucault situated his own research in relation to them. The first essay maps Foucault’s writings alongside developments in…

Marnia Lazreg, Foucault’s Orient: The Conundrum of Cultural Difference, From Tunisia to Japan, Berghahn, 2017, 2020 Now out in paperback DESCRIPTION Foucault lived in Tunisia for two years and travelled to Japan and Iran more than once. Yet throughout his critical scholarship, he insisted that the cultures of the “Orient” constitute the “limit” of Western …

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Jackie Wang, Carceral Capitalism, Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series, 2018 Summary Essays on the contemporary continuum of incarceration: the biopolitics of juvenile delinquency, predatory policing, the political economy of fees and fines, and algorithmic policing. What we see happening in Ferguson and other cities around the country is not the creation of livable spaces, but the …

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Gregg Lambert, The Elements of Foucault, University of Minnesota Press | 152 pages | May 2020 Posthumanities Series, volume 55 ISBN 978-1-5179-0878-2 | paper | $23.00 ISBN 978-1-5179-0877-5 | cloth | $92.00 A new conceptual diagram of Foucault’s original vision of the biopolitical order The history around the critical reception of Michel Foucault’s published writings …

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Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson, Genealogies of Terrorism: Revolution, State Violence, Empire (New Directions in Critical Theory), Columbia University Press (July 31, 2018), 296pp, ISBN-13: 978-0231187275 What is terrorism? What ought we to do about it? And why is it wrong? We think we have clear answers to these questions. But acts of violence, like U.S. drone strikes …

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Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:
Intolerable: Writings from Michel Foucault and the Prisons Information Group (1970–1980), edited by Kevin Thompson and Perry Zurn, University of Minnesota Press, December 2020 Founded by Michel Foucault and others in 1970–71, the Prisons Information Group (GIP) circulated information about the inhumane conditions within the French prison system. Intolerable makes…

François Delaporte, Disease and Civilization. The Cholera in Paris, 1832, Translated by Arthur Goldhammer. Foreword by Paul Rabinow, 1986, MIT Press Summary Disease and Civilization explores the scientific and political ramifications of the great cholera epidemic of 1832, showing how its course and its conceptualization were affected by the social power relations of the time. …

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