Foucault News

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

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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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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Amo-Agyemang, C. Unmasking resilience as governmentality: towards an Afrocentric epistemology (2021) International Politics DOI: 10.1057/s41311-021-00282-8 Abstract This paper is a discussion of how indigenous Afrocentric epistemologies proffer critiques and alternative to neoliberal discourses of resilience and what differences it makes for the study of International Politics. There has been an epistemological shift in recent times …

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Fraser, G. Foucault, governmentality theory and ‘Neoliberal Community Development’ (2020) Community Development Journal, 55 (3), pp. 437-451. DOI: 10.1093/cdj/bsy049 Abstract It is widely accepted that Michel Foucault’s ‘governmentality lectures’ constituted a seminal moment in the history of neoliberal studies. In an analysis which was original and prescient, Foucault framed neoliberalism, not only in terms of …

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David Fryer, Charles Marley, Rose Stambe, The Reproduction of Compliant Labour Power Through (Re)Constitution of the Child and Adult Subject: Critical Knowledge-Work, Awry: Journal of Critical Psychology, Vol 1 No 1 (2020) Open access Abstract As Althusser made clear: “the reproduction of labour power requires not only a reproduction of its skills, but also, at …

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