Foucault News

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

Gollmitzer, M. Journalism ethics with Foucault: Casually employed journalists’ constructions of professional integrity (2021) Journalism DOI: 10.1177/14648849211036301 Abstract This article examines how journalists in non-permanent employment respond to their growing precarity. It is based on in-depth interviews with freelance journalists and interns who find that their working lives increasingly require entrepreneurial efforts. To work towards …

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Yusheng, D. Benjamin’s Reading on Baudelaire: From Foucauldian Genealogy of Ethics (2021) Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature, 5 (2), pp. 277-290. Abstract In The Use of Pleasure, the second volume of The History of Sexuality published in 1984, Michel Foucault turns to the study of the genealogy of ethics, suggesting that it is possible to read …

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Czarnecka, D. Instrumental touch: A foucauldian analysis of women’s fitness (2020) Suomen Antropologi, 45 (4), pp. 23-43. DOI: 10.30676/JFAS.V45I4.107794 Open access Abstract Group Pilates classes in commercial fitness gyms are among the most common forms of mindful fitness in Warsaw. The instructors teaching these classes often correct the participant’s posture by touching them. While academic …

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Colin Koopman,Patrick Jones, Valérie Simon, Paul Showler, Mary McLevey, When data drive health: an archaeology of medical records technology BioSocieties, Online 6 September 2021 https://doi.org/10.1057/s41292-021-00249-1 Open access Abstract Medicine is often thought of as a science of the body, but it is also a science of data. In some contexts, it can even be asserted …

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Pennington, M. Foucault and Hayek on public health and the road to serfdom. Public Choice (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-021-00926-6 Open access Abstract This paper draws on the work of Michel Foucault and Friedrich Hayek to understand threats to personal and enterprise freedom, arising from public health governance. Whereas public choice theory examines the incentives these institutions provide …

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Eli B. Lichtenstein (2021) Foucault’s Analytics of Sovereignty, Critical Horizons, 22:3, 287-305  DOI: 10.1080/14409917.2021.1953750 Abstract The classical theory of sovereignty describes sovereignty as absolute and undivided yet no early modern state could claim such features. Historical record instead suggests that sovereignty was always divided and contested. In this article I argue that Foucault offers a competing account of sovereignty that underlines …

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Charles E. Snyder (2021) Foucault and the Historiography of Early Hellenistic Philosophy, Critical Horizons DOI: 10.1080/14409917.2021.1953749 ABSTRACT In his 1981–82 lectures The Hermeneutics of the Subject, Michel Foucault claims that a significant portion of the modern historiography of ancient philosophy tends to discredit the ethical framework of epimeleia heautou (“care of the self”). The thematic …

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Gøtzsche-Astrup, Johan. “The Political Signification of Riots: A Dispositive Perspective on the 2011 England Riots.” Journal of Sociology, (August 2021). https://doi.org/10.1177/14407833211037399. Abstract This article suggests a new perspective on the political signification of riots, using the 2011 England riots as a case. The sociological literature tends to look for the political signification of riots in …

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Soussloff, Catherine M. “Painting for Fools.” Theory, Culture & Society, (August 2021). https://doi.org/10.1177/02632764211013379. Abstract Manuscripts and notes by Michel Foucault on the visual arts recently deposited at the Bibliothèque Nationale reveal a reliance on canonical oil paintings by the ‘old masters’; a respect for the primary sources in the history of European art; an understanding …

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