Foucault News

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

Patrick G. Stefan, The Power of Resurrection. Foucault, Discipline, and Early Christian Resistance, Lexington Books / Fortress Academic, Rowman & Littlefield, 2019 How did the early Christian movement grow so quickly, and did the idea of resurrection have anything to do with its growth? Patrick G. Stefan offers an answer to both of these questions …

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Gavin Rae,Critiquing Sovereign Violence. Law, Biopolitics, Bio-Juridicalism Edinburgh University Press, 2019 Critiques the historically dominant classic–juridical model of sovereign violence and defends a bio-juridical model instead Works across the disciplines of critical theory, political theory, biopolitical theory, poststructuralism and deconstruction Develops three models – radical-juridical, biopolitical, and bio-juridical – to understand contemporary debates Situates current …

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Andrew Neal, Security as Politics. Beyond the State of Exception, Edinburgh University Press Uses the perspective of parliamentarians to reassess the relationship between security and politics Andrew W. Neal argues that while ‘security’ was once an anti-political ‘exception’ in liberal democracies – a black box of secret intelligence and military decision-making at the dark heart …

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Andrew Scull, Psychiatry and Its Discontents. University of California Press, July 2019 Written by one of the world’s most distinguished historians of psychiatry, Psychiatry and Its Discontents provides a wide-ranging and critical perspective on the profession that dominates the treatment of mental illness. Andrew Scull traces the rise of the field, the midcentury hegemony of …

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Arthur Bradley, Unbearable Life. A Genealogy of Political Erasure, Columbia University Press, 2019 In ancient Rome, any citizen who had brought disgrace upon the state could be subject to a judgment believed to be worse than death: damnatio memoriae, condemnation of memory. The Senate would decree that every trace of the citizen’s existence be removed …

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A Time for Critique, Edited by Didier Fassin and Bernard E. Harcourt Columbia University Press, 2019 In a world of political upheaval, rising inequality, catastrophic climate change, and widespread doubt of even the most authoritative sources of information, is there a place for critique? This book calls for a systematic reappraisal of critical thinking—its assumptions, …

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Valerie Larroche, The Dispositif: A Concept for Information and Communication Sciences, Wiley, 2019 DESCRIPTION The notion of the dispositif (dispositive) is particularly relevant for understanding phenomena where one can observe the reproducibility of distributed technical activities, operational or discursive, between human and non-human actors. This book reviews the concept of the dispositive through various disciplinary …

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Najeeb A. Jan, The Metacolonial State: Pakistan, Critical Ontology, and the Biopolitical Horizons of Political Islam, Wiley 2019 The Metacolonial State presents a novel rethinking of the relationship between Islam and the Political. Key to the text is an original argument regarding the “biopoliticization of Islam” and the imperative need for understanding sovereign power and …

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Foucault’s theatres Edited by Tony Fisher and Kélina Gotman, Manchester University Press, 2020 DESCRIPTION The volume contributes to a new articulation of theatre and performance studies via Foucault’s critical thought. With cutting edge studies by established and emerging writers in areas such as dramaturgy, film, music, cultural history and journalism, the volume aims to be …

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Philippe Artières, Le dossier sauvage, Verticales, Octobre 2019 « Enquêter sur des archives qui auraient été rassemblées par Michel Foucault. Déplier chacune de ses pièces pour suivre la trace d’individus qui se sont retirés du monde au XIXe et au XXe siècle. Redécouvrir, en marge du dossier, que dans une forêt des Vosges, il est …

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