Foucault News

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

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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Yusoff, Kathryn. “Biopolitical Economies and the Political Aesthetics of Climate Change.” Theory, Culture & Society 27, no. 2–3 (March 2010): 73–99. doi:10.1177/0263276410362090. Abstract As environments and their inhabitants undergo a multitude of abrupt changes due to climate, in the aesthetic field there has been a hardening of a few representational figures that stand in for …

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Angela Oels(2005) Rendering climate change governable: From biopower to advanced liberal government?,Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning,7:3,185-207,DOI: 10.1080/15239080500339661 Abstract This article generates a theoretical framework for analysing the politics of climate change on the basis of Michel Foucault’s concept of governmentality. Foucault does not limit the exercise of power to sovereignty, but introduces discipline, biopower, liberal …

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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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Tafon, R., Saunders, F., Gilek, M. Re-reading marine spatial planning through Foucault, Haugaard and others: an analysis of domination, empowerment and freedom (2019) Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 21 (6), pp. 754-768. DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2019.1673155 Open access Abstract Marine spatial planning (MSP) has emerged as a radical approach to achieving sustainable development objectives at sea. …

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Connor J Cavanagh, Political ecologies of biopower: diversity, debates, and new frontiers of inquiry, Journal of Political Ecology, Vol 25, No 1 (2018) DOI: https://doi.org/10.2458/v25i1.23047 Open access Abstract This article reviews recent literature on the political ecologies of conservation and environmental change mitigation, highlighting the biopolitical stakes of many writings in this field. Although a …

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Sarmiento, E., Landström, C., Whatmore, S. Biopolitics, discipline, and hydro-citizenship: Drought management and water governance in England (2019) Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 44 (2), pp. 361-375. DOI: 10.1111/tran.12288 Abstract In this paper we argue that English drought management rests on two imaginaries of hydrocitizenship: an economic/instrumental imaginary that frames people primarily as …

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Maher, R., Valenzuela, F., Böhm, S. The Enduring State: An analysis of governance-making in three mining conflicts (2019) Organization Studies, 40 (8), pp. 1169-1191. DOI: 10.1177/0170840619847724 Abstract This article investigates the profound ambiguity of the state in the organization of contemporary business–society relations. On the one hand, there has been a decisive shift from government …

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Nepomuceno, Í., Affonso, H., Fraser, J.A., Torres, M. Counter-conducts and the green grab: Forest peoples’ resistance to industrial resource extraction in the Saracá-Taquera National Forest, Brazilian Amazonia (2019) Global Environmental Change, 56, pp. 124-133. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2019.04.004 Abstract This paper contributes to the theory of environmentality – the ‘conduct of conduct’ with regard to the environment …

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Bresnihan, P. Revisiting neoliberalism in the oceans: Governmentality and the biopolitics of ‘improvement’ in the Irish and European fisheries (2019) Environment and Planning A, 51 (1), pp. 156-177. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X18803110 Abstract Foucault’s account of the emergence of biopolitics in the late 18th century helps frame the political economy of ‘improvements’ as an environmental project linked …

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