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

Radford, G. P., Radford, M. L., & Lingel, J. (2015). The library as heterotopia: Michel Foucault and the experience of library space. Journal of Documentation, 71(4), 733-751. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JD-01-2014-0006 Abstract Purpose Using Michel Foucault’s notion of heterotopia as a guide, the purpose of this paper is to explore the implications of considering the library as place, …

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Deering, B. (2015). In the Dead of Night: A Nocturnal Exploration of Heterotopia in the Graveyard. In M.-J. Blanco & R. Vidal (Eds.), The Power of Death: Contemporary Reflections on Death in Western Society (1st ed., pp. 183–197). Berghahn Books. http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt9qd3qf.19 The photograph below shows a visitor to a Hallowe’en graveyard event.¹ Hundreds of flickering …

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Taşkale, Ali Rıza. “Thanatopolitics and Colonial Logics in Blade Runner 2049.” Thesis Eleven 166, no. 1 (October 2021): 109–17. https://doi.org/10.1177/07255136211043944. Abstract This article critically engages with Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, focusing on the relationship between colonial logics and biological engineering that understands the natural world as property. First, it discusses the connections between the …

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Clements, Paul. “Highgate Cemetery Heterotopia: A Creative Counterpublic Space.” Space and Culture 20, no. 4 (November 2017): 470–84. https://doi.org/10.1177/1206331217724976. Open access Abstract Highgate Cemetery is nominally presented as a heterotopia, constructed, and theorized through the articulation of three “spaces.” First, it is configured as a public space which organizes the individual and the social, where …

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Guilel Treiber, From Monster to Child. Ariès, Foucault, and the Constitution of Normality, Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, issue 2, vol 83, 2021, 323-354 Abstract : This paper aims to destabilize the obvious, intrinsic value of childhood as one of the most morally potent values of our times and to trace its historical rise to dominance. I …

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Boulton, M., Garnett, A., & Webster, F. (2021). A Foucauldian discourse analysis of media reporting on the nurse-as-hero during COVID-19. Nursing Inquiry, e12471. https://doi.org/10.1111/nin.12471 Abstract This study uses a Foucauldian discourse analysis to explore media reporting on the role of nurses as being consistently positioned ‘heroes’ during COVID-19. In so doing, it highlights multiple intersecting …

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A. Pitsikali & R. Parnell (2019) The public playground paradox: ‘child’s joy’ or heterotopia of fear?, Children’s Geographies, 17:6, 719-731, DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2019.1605046 ABSTRACT Literature depicts children of the Global North withdrawing from public space to ‘acceptable islands’. Driven by fears both of and for children, the public playground – one such island – provides clear-cut …

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Eckstein, N.A. Plague time: Space, fear, and emergency statecraft in early modern Italy (2021) Renaissance and Reformation, 44 (2), pp. 87-111. DOI: 10.33137/rr.v44i2.37522 Abstract Michel Foucault argued famously that early modern European governors responded to plague by quarantining entire urban populations and placing citizens under minute surveillance. For Foucault, such sixteenth-and seventeenth-century policies were the …

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Maher, H. Foucault against the Foucauldians? On the problem of the neoliberal state (2021) Thesis Eleven DOI: 10.1177/07255136211053377 Abstract The survival of neoliberal forms of governance after their apparent repudiation during the Global Financial Crisis is a problem that continues to generate significant scholarly controversy. One of the most influential accounts of the survival of …

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Thornton, E. Unregulated Powers: The Politics of Metaphysics in French Post-Kantianism (2021) European Legacy DOI: 10.1080/10848770.2021.1987849 Abstract For thinkers such as Foucault and Deleuze, it is not possible to engage with metaphysical questions without simultaneously considering other, more political problems concerning the power relations that are internal to thought. In this article I argue that, …

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