Foucault News

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

Jones, D.R., Patton, D. An academic challenge to the entrepreneurial university: the spatial power of the ‘Slow Swimming Club’ (2020) Studies in Higher Education, 45 (2), pp. 375-389.  DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2018.1534093 Abstract The entrepreneurial university is a vague notion that has evolved by applying the concepts of enterprise and entrepreneurship to a university context. The blurring of enterprise with entrepreneurship has allowed …

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Furman, C.E. Interruptions: Cultivating Truth-Telling as Resistance with Pre-service Teachers (2020) Studies in Philosophy and Education, 39 (1) DOI: 10.1007/s11217-019-09681-0 Abstract As ethical agents, teachers regularly must decide whether compliance to rules and norms is in the best interest of their students. Yet, teachers in the United States are educated to be passively obedient. In …

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Van der Heiden, G.-J. Exile, Use, and Form-of-Life: On the Conclusion of Agamben’s Homo Sacer series (2020) Theory, Culture and Society, 37 (2), pp. 61-78. DOI: 10.1177/0263276419867749 Abstract The last two volumes of Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer series are concerned with developing a theory of use. This article offers a critical assessment of the two …

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Gane, N. Competition: A Critical History of a Concept (2020) Theory, Culture and Society, 37 (2), pp. 31-59. DOI: 10.1177/0263276419878247 Abstract This article expands Michel Foucault’s genealogy of liberalism and neoliberalism by analysing the concept of competition. It addresses four key liberal conceptions of competition in turn: the idea of competition as a destructive but …

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Tidmarsh, M. Transforming Rehabilitation: The micro-physics of (market) power (2020) Punishment and Society, 22 (1), pp. 108-126. DOI: 10.1177/1462474519850573 Abstract This paper explores the impact of the introduction of competition and profit to the probation service in England and Wales following the implementation of the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms. The paper adapts the ideas advanced in …

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Aubin-Boltanski, E. A Lebanese contemporary female mystic and her counter-conducts (2020) Women’s History Review, 29 (1), pp. 74-89. DOI: 10.1080/09612025.2019.1595205 Abstract A network of Christian female mystics in Lebanon and Syria has been forming since the early 1980s. Composed of women from large cities, such as Beirut or Damascus, it is characterized by its denominational …

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Ohaneson, H.C. Voices of madness in Foucault and Kierkegaard (2020) International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 87 (1), pp. 27-54. DOI: 10.1007/s11153-019-09739-6 Abstract The central idea of this paper is that Michel Foucault and Søren Kierkegaard are unexpected allies in the investigation into the relation between madness and reason. These thinkers criticize reason’s presumption of …

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Oliver, C. Irrational rationalities and governmentality-effected neglect in immigration practice: Legal migrants’ entitlements to services and benefits in the United Kingdom (2020) British Journal of Sociology, 71 (1), pp. 96-111. DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12720 Abstract Governments’ attempts to manage immigration increasingly restrict immigrants’ eligibility to healthcare, education, and welfare benefits. This article examines the operation of these …

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Jessen, M.H., von Eggers, N. Governmentality and Statification: Towards a Foucauldian Theory of the State (2020) Theory, Culture and Society, 37 (1), pp. 53-72. DOI: 10.1177/0263276419849099 Abstract This article contributes to governmentality studies and state theory by discussing how to understand the centrality and importance of the state from a governmentality perspective. It uses Giorgio …

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Mark Davis, Niamh Stephenson, Paul Flowers, Compliant, complacent or panicked? Investigating the problematisation of the Australian general public in pandemic influenza control, Social Science & Medicine, Volume 72, Issue 6, 2011, Pages 912-918 DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.01.016 Abstract This article examines how pandemic influenza control policies interpellate the public. We analyse Australian pandemic control documents and key …

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