Foucault News

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

S. Walby, The COVID pandemic and social theory: Social democracy and public health in the crisis (2021) European Journal of Social Theory, 24 (1), pp. 22-43. DOI: 10.1177/1368431020970127 Abstract Social theory is developing in response to the coronavirus (COVID) crisis. Fundamental questions about social justice in the relationship of individuals to society are raised by …

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Sabrina Corbellini and Margriet Hoogvliet (eds.): “Medieval and Early Modern Places and Spaces of Knowledge,” in: Le foucaldien, 7/1 (2021), Collection launched: 29 Mar 2021 This special collection welcomes articles discussing places and spaces connected to knowledge and its practices in the premodern period. In order to be fully understood and investigated, knowledge should be …

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Dodd, S. The pleasure of dark places: heterotopia in Mishima Yukio’s Inochi urimasu (Life for Sale) (2020) Japan Forum. DOI: 10.1080/09555803.2020.1791229 Abstract While utopia implies an ideal space, and dystopia a site of dysfunction, Michel Foucault coined the word heterotopia to depict a space containing multiple, overlapping and sometimes conflicting layers of meaning. This article …

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August, V. Network concepts in social theory: Foucault and cybernetics (2021) European Journal of Social Theory. DOI: 10.1177/1368431021991046 Abstract Network concepts are omnipresent in contemporary diagnoses (network society), management practices (network governance), social science methods (network analysis) and theories (network theory). Instigating a critical analysis of network concepts, this article explores the sources and relevance …

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Powell, D. Critical ethnography in schools: reflections on power, positionality, and privilege (2021) International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2021.1888160 Abstract This paper is a critical reflection of a critical ethnography, a study focused on how ‘healthy lifestyle education’ programmes were implemented and experienced in two primary schools. In an attempt to disrupt …

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Fawzy, R.M. Commodification of the Egyptian New Capital: A Semio-Foucauldian Landscape Analysis (2021) Space and Culture. DOI: 10.1177/1206331221991323 Abstract Signs in the urban landscapes are never neutral; they always enact connections to power relations and social hierarchies. By examining the New Administrative Capital of Egypt’s (NAC) advertising billboards, the current study relates itself to the …

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Frias, F.J.L., Dattilo, J. The influence of power on leisure: Implications for inclusive leisure services (2021) International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (5), art. no. 2220, pp. 1-14. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18052220 Abstract Many people experience domination as they encounter oppression and marginalization because of power differentials limiting their leisure. We rely on Foucault …

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Adriany, V., Newberry, J. Neuroscience and the construction of a new child in early childhood education in Indonesia: A neoliberal legacy (2021) Current Sociology. DOI: 10.1177/0011392120985875 Abstract Neuroscience has become a new ‘truth’ in early childhood education across the globe, including in Indonesia. This article aims to demonstrate how the alignment of neuroscience discourse and …

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Kim, J. Rethinking public administration and the state: a Foucauldian governmentality perspective (2021) International Review of Public Administration. DOI: 10.1080/12294659.2021.1889102 Abstract Public administration as a field of study (PA) has long suffered from a chronic identity crisis. Against such a background, by adopting Michel Foucault’s governmentality perspective, this paper critically examines the key assumptions and …

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Minca, C., Rijke, A., Pallister-Wilkins, P., Tazzioli, M., Vigneswaran, D., van Houtum, H., van Uden, A. Rethinking the biopolitical: Borders, refugees, mobilities… (2021) Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space DOI: 10.1177/2399654420981389 Abstract This Symposium reflects on the growing relevance of biopolitical perspectives in camps studies, border studies, refugee studies, and in particular in research …

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