Foucault News

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

Amironesei, R., Scoville, C. Groundwater in California: From Juridical and Biopolitical Governmentality to a Political Physics of Vital Processes (2019) Theory, Culture and Society, 36 (5), pp. 133-157. DOI: 10.1177/0263276419850277 Abstract This article analyzes the emergence of a political rationality of groundwater in contemporary California. It contrasts a new government of nature that we call …

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Gislason, M.K. (2013), West Nile virus: the production of a public health pandemic. Sociology of Health & Illness, 35: 188-199. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9566.2012.01535.x open access Abstract The West Nile virus (WNV), as it was presented in the texts and discourses on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) website during its initial emergence, was an effect of …

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Thacker, Eugene. “The Shadows of Atheology: Epidemics, Power and Life after Foucault.” Theory, Culture & Society 26, no. 6 (November 2009): 134–52. doi:10.1177/0263276409347698. Abstract This essay examines a hidden link in biopolitical thinking after Foucault — the relation between biology and theology. The result is a turn away from the dichotomy of life/death and towards …

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Svoboda, T. (2020). Foucault on Correspondence as a Technique of the Self. Le Foucaldien, 6(1), 1. DOI: 10.16995/lefou.69 Open access Abstract This paper begins with a discussion of Foucault’s examination of Seneca’s epistles in his late essay, “Self Writing.” I argue that Foucault offers an accurate and interesting account of the practices Seneca employs in …

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ROBERTS, S. (2019). Big Data, Algorithmic Governmentality and the Regulation of Pandemic Risk. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 10(1), 94-115. doi:10.1017/err.2019.6 This article investigates the rise of algorithmic disease surveillance systems as novel technologies of risk analysis utilised to regulate pandemic outbreaks in an era of big data. Critically, the article demonstrates how intensified efforts …

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Davis, Mark. “”Is it Going to be Real?” Narrative and Media on a Pandemic.” Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research [Online], 18.1 (2017): n. pag. Web. 2 Feb. 2020 DOI: 10.17169/fqs-18.1.2768 Open access Abstract: In this article, I examine the narrative-media nexus as it relates to pandemics. Communications feature in global public health …

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Knudsen, Sine Grønborg, and Peter Triantafillou. “Lifestylisation of the Social: The Government of Diabetes Care in Denmark.” Health, (January 2020). doi:10.1177/1363459319899454. Abstract: Since the 1970s, the public authorities of many OECD countries have emphasised the need for preventing lifestyle diseases and promoting the vigour of their populations. Based on the Foucauldian analytics of dispositive, we …

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Braun, Bruce P. “A New Urban Dispositif? Governing Life in an Age of Climate Change.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 32, no. 1 (February 2014): 49–64. doi:10.1068/d4313. Abstract In an interview in 1977 Michel Foucault proposed the term dispositif for a heterogeneous set of discourses, practices, architectural forms, regulations, laws, and knowledges connected …

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Krysa, I., Paludi, M., Mills, A.J. The racialization of immigrants in Canada – a historical investigation how race still matters (2019) Journal of Management History, 25 (1), pp. 97-113. DOI: 10.1108/JMH-09-2018-0048 Abstract Purpose: This paper aims to investigate the discursive ways in which racialization affects the integration process of immigrants in present-day Canada. By drawing …

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Weare, A.M., Walkner, T.J., Tully, M. State of intervention: community stakeholder discourse on teen childbearing in Iowa (2019) Critical Public Health, 29 (2), pp. 205-214. DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2018.1440069 Abstract The state of teen childbearing in Iowa (USA) is positioned by community leaders as a discursive battleground for intervention. In 2015 meetings with community stakeholders, participants framed …

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