Foucault News

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

Meloni, M. The politics of environments before the environment: Biopolitics in the longue durée (2021) Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 88, pp. 334-344. DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2021.06.011 Abstract Our understanding of body–world relations is caught in a curious contradiction. On one side, it is well established that many concepts that describe interaction with the outer …

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Hillier, Jean, and Jason Byrne. “Is Extermination to Be the Legacy of Mary Gilbert’s Cat?” Organization 23, no. 3 (May 2016): 387–406. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350508416629455. Abstract Once imported to Australia as rodent controllers, cats are now regarded as responsible for a second wave of mammal extinction across the continent. Utilising the Foucauldian concept of biopolitics, we investigate …

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Govier, E. Power and all its guises. Environmental determinism and locating ‘the crux of the matter’ (2020) Archaeological Dialogues, 27 (2), pp. 173-176. DOI: 10.1017/S1380203820000215 Abstract Can we theorize the relationship between discourses that antagonize each other? In a recent article, Arponen et al. demonstrate the tension between two different research models, and spotlight the …

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Cielemęcka, O. Forest futures: biopolitics, purity, and extinction in Europe’s last ‘pristine’ forest (2020) Journal of Gender Studies, 29 (1), pp. 63-75. DOI: 10.1080/09589236.2019.1691981 Abstract This article examines how the ideological and material aspects of ‘purity’ play out in the environmental conflict in the Białowieża Forest that took place in Poland in 2017. I consider …

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Downey, H., Clune, T. How does the discourse surrounding the Murray Darling Basin manage the concept of entitlement to water? (2020) Critical Social Policy, 40 (1), pp. 108-129. DOI: 10.1177/0261018319837206 Abstract Globally, the challenges of climate change have resulted in significant water policy reform. Australia’s Murray Darling Basin (MDB) Plan is a complex transboundary water …

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Jean M. Langford, Avian Bedlam: Toward a Biosemiosis of Troubled Parrots, Environmental Humanities 9:1 (May 2017) DOI 10.1215/22011919-3829145 © 2017 This is an open access article distributed under the terms of a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Abstract At an urban parrot sanctuary in the Midwestern USA, humans care for eighty-some parrots from more …

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Hanne Svarstad, Tor A. Benjaminsen, Ragnhild Overå, Power theories in political ecology, Journal of Political Ecology, Vol 25, No 1 (2018) DOI: 10.2458/v25i1.23044 Open access Abstract Power plays a key role in definitions of political ecology. Likewise, empirical studies within this field tend to provide detailed presentations of various uses of power, involving corporate and …

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Rutherford, S. (2017). Environmentality and Green Governmentality. In International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and Technology (eds D. Richardson, N. Castree, M.F. Goodchild, A. Kobayashi, W. Liu and R.A. Marston). Wiley doi:10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0111 Abstract Environmentality, or green governmentality, offers a way of thinking about how power works through the construction of the environment, its …

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Emma Foster, Foucault and Ecology, in Lisa Downing (ed.) After Foucault: Culture, Theory, and Criticism in the 21st Century, Cambridge University Press, 2018 DOI: 10.1017/9781316492864.010 Summary A Foucauldian perspective offers a number of interesting and significant insights into the relationship between the cultural representations of ‘Nature’ and the processes of subjectification that underpin environmentalism and ecologism. …

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Taylor C. (2013) The Discourses of Climate Change. In: Cadman T. (eds) Climate Change and Global Policy Regimes. International Political Economy. Palgrave Macmillan, London DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137006127_2 Abstract Climate change has been represented in a variety of ways. These representations have enacted their own discursive formations, which people discuss and act upon at local, national and …

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