Foucault News

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

Hanne Svarstad, Tor A. Benjaminsen, Ragnhild Overå, Power theories in political ecology, Journal of Political Ecology, Vol 25, No 1 (2018) DOI: 10.2458/v25i1.23044 Open access Abstract Power plays a key role in definitions of political ecology. Likewise, empirical studies within this field tend to provide detailed presentations of various uses of power, involving corporate and …

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Patricio Lepe-Carrión, Crisis de gubernamentalidad en Chile: contra la expropiación financiera y el Orden Público Económico [Crisis of governmentality in Chile: against financial expropriation and the Public Economic Order] Kalagatos, V.16, N.3. Setembro – Dezembro 2019 DOI: 10.23845/kgt.v16i3.861 Open access Resumen El presente ensayo tiene como propósito pensar la sublevación, y la consecuente represión que …

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Special section Philosophical Studies, Alcoff’s Rape and Resistance (2020) Philsophical Studies, Volume 177, Issue 2, February 2020 Ann J. Cahill, Alcoff’s Rape and Resistance: A Précis Abstract This article summarizes Linda Martin Alcoff’s Rape and Resistance (Polity, Cambridge, 2018). Alcoff’s analysis centers on a political and philosophical defense of the need to recognize the complexity …

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Maunula, Laena. “The pandemic subject: Canadian pandemic plans and communicating with the public about an influenza pandemic.” Healthcare policy/Politiques de santé vol. 9, Spec Issue (2013): 14-25. Open access Abstract In this paper, I examine the goals for pandemic public communication as outlined in two Canadian plans for pandemic planning and infection control. I critique …

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Alan McKinlay (2009) Foucault, plague, Defoe, Culture and Organization, 15:2, 167-184, DOI: 10.1080/14759550902925336 Abstract For Foucault, the experience of plague is a vital moment in the development of new techniques of power and ways of thinking about the social world. Plague compels city or state authorities to take extreme measures to control disease. Quarantine, of …

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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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