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

CALL FOR PAPERS Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts Issue 21 Political Matters: Spatial Thinking on the Alternative Theme Editors: Farzaneh Haghighi (University of Auckland) & Nikolina Bobic (University of Plymouth) Deadline for paper submission:  9th December 2019 – 5:00pm (NZST) https://interstices.ac.nz/index.php/Interstices/announcement POLITICAL MATTERS: SPATIAL THINKING OF THE ALTERNATIVE At a time when the Western political climate is …

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Bay, U., Haynes, A., Western, D., Thinking what we do: reflexively testing post-structural theoretical concepts with social work practitioners and fieldwork educators (2019) Social Work Education, 38 (7), pp. 941-953. DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2019.1586868 Abstract Neoliberalism is a contemporary political rationality in Australian public policy that frames how problems are understood and addressed. Neoliberalism also encourages certain …

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Special Issue on Everyday Politics of Public Space, Space and Culture, Volume 22 Issue 3, August 2019 Articles Preface: The Everyday Politics of Public Space Mattias De Backer, Claske Dijkema, and Kathrin Hörschelmann Abstract While in the past two decades a rich literature has emerged about the politics of public space, many of these theoretical …

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Reid, D. (2019). Culture as Imperial Synapse: Pre- and Post-Foucauldian Approaches to Culture in British Imperial Historiography. Le Foucaldien, 5(1), 4. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/lefou.59 Abstract The study of British imperial culture is heavily attributed to the field of “new imperial history” that became defined in the 1990s, yet theories of imperial cultures date back to at …

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Special issue: The Politics of Life, European Journal of Social Theory, Volume 22 Issue 3, August 2019 Contents Guest editors: Greg Bird and Heather Lynch Special issue introduction Introduction to the politics of life: A biopolitical mess 301 Greg Bird and Heather Lynch Special issue articles Postdemocracy and biopolitics Roberto Esposito Me, my self, and …

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Vatter, M. “Only a God Can Resist a God.” Political Theology between Polytheism and Gnosticism (2019) Political Theology, 20 (6), pp. 472-497. DOI: 10.1080/1462317X.2019.1618597 Abstract Sovereignty – based on a claim to irresistible authority – and “speaking truth to power” (or parrhesia) are evidently opposed and yet they seem to have a strange affinity with …

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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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Stimilli, E. Religion and the spontaneous order of the market: Law, freedom, and power over lives (2019) European Journal of Social Theory, 22 (3), pp. 399-415. DOI: 10.1177/1368431018803705 Abstract This article focuses on a religious structure that is intrinsic to the contemporary mechanisms that have enabled the global domination of economic power: faith in the …

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Weili Zhao (2019) China’s making and governing of educational subjects as ‘talent’: A dialogue with Michel Foucault, Educational Philosophy and Theory DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2019.1646640 Abstract As an imprint of Confucian culture, China’s education intersects state governance in making and governing educational subjects as ‘talent’, an official translation of the Chinese term ‘rencai’ (literally, human-talent). Whereas the …

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Tim Christiaens, The entrepreneur of the self beyond Foucault’s neoliberal homo oeconomicus, European Journal of Social Theory First Published July 25, 2019 DOI: 10.1177/1368431019857998 Abstract In his lectures on neoliberalism, Michel Foucault argues that neoliberalism produces subjects as ‘entrepreneurs of themselves’. He bases this claim on Gary Becker’s conception of the utility-maximizing agent who solely …

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