Foucault News

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

Tuomo Tiisala, Foucault, Neoliberalism, and Equality. Critical Inquiry, Autumn 2021, Volume 48 Issue 1 https://doi.org/10.1086/715986 Abstract This article presents a new account of the relationship between Michel Foucault’s work and neoliberalism, aiming to show that the relationship is significantly more complicated than either Foucault’s critics or defenders have appreciated in the recent controversy. On the …

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Stephen J. Ball & Emiliano Grimaldi (2021) Neoliberal education and the neoliberal digital classroom, Learning, Media and Technology, DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2021.1963980 ABSTRACT This article explores some aspects of the relation between neoliberalisation and the increasing use of digital technologies in school classrooms. It does this in relation to a specific case – a specific school, classroom …

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Rey Chow, A Face Drawn in Sand. Humanistic Inquiry and Foucault in the Present, Columbia University Press, 2021 Leadership, innovation, diversity, inclusiveness, sharing, accountability—such is the resounding administrative refrain we keep hearing in the contemporary Western university. What kinds of benefits does this refrain generate? For whom? What discursive incitements undergird such benefits? Although there …

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Weinreich, Spencer J. “Panopticon, Inc.: Jeremy Bentham, Contract Management, and (Neo)Liberal Penality.” Punishment & Society, (July 2021). https://doi.org/10.1177/14624745211023457. Abstract This essay revisits Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon, perhaps the foundational figure of the study of the prison, to recover a dimension of the project wholly omitted in Michel Foucault’s canonical reading in Discipline and Punish. Nowhere does …

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Mitchell Dean and Daniel Zamora, Today, the self is the battlefield of politics. Blame Michel Foucault, The Guardian, 15 June 2021 The rise of confessional politics has its origins in the left’s post-60s turn away from structures and towards the individual “We are perhaps living at the end of politics,” Michel Foucault wrote in the …

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Crispin Sartwell, Michel Foucault Switches Sides, Splice Today, 7 June 2021 Neither the left nor the right can deal with an anti-authoritarian. The French philosophe Michel Foucault (1926-1984) is currently up for re-assessment. In The New York Times, Ross Douthat writes that Foucault, usually thought of as a notorious postmodern neo-Marxist leftist relativist, has lately been associated with the Trumpian right. And an essay in The Point surveys the …

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“Do Not Ask Me Who I Am” Foucault and neoliberalism, The Point Magazine, June 2 2021 We just can’t seem to shake Foucault. The French philosopher, loathed or loved, has not dimmed in significance since his death of AIDS in 1984. In many ways the patron saint of contemporary humanistic inquiry, Michel Foucault’s work remains …

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Review: How a California acid trip made Michel Foucault a neoliberal by Jonathan Russell Clark, Los Angeles Times. 24 May 2021 Review of The Last Man Takes LSD: Foucault and the End of Revolution By Mitchell Dean and Daniel Zamora, Verso, 2021 In 1978 and 1979, the French philosopher Michel Foucault gave a series of …

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Gane, Nicholas. “Nudge Economics as Libertarian Paternalism.” Theory, Culture & Society, (April 2021). https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276421999447. Open access Abstract Given the growing prominence of nudge economics both within and beyond the academy, it is a timely moment to reassess the philosophical and political arguments that sit at its core, and in particular what Richard Thaler and Cass …

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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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