Foucault News

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

Bentley, T. Settler state apologies and the elusiveness of forgiveness: The purification ritual that does not purify (2020) Contemporary Political Theory, 19 (3), pp. 381-403. DOI: 10.1057/s41296-019-00356-6 Open access Abstract Focusing on Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s 2008 apology to the Stolen Generations, this article asks: can colonial-settler states obtain forgiveness through political apologies? The …

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Scheel, S. Biopolitical bordering: Enacting populations as intelligible objects of government (2020) European Journal of Social Theory, 23 (4), pp. 571-590. DOI: 10.1177/1368431019900096 Open access Abstract Since Foucault introduced the notion of biopolitics, it has been fiercely debated—usually in highly generalized terms—how to interpret and use this concept. This article argues that these discussions need …

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Kovács, G. “I’m all that stands between them and chaos:” A monstrous way of ruling in A Song of Ice and Fire (2020) Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 7 (1), art. no. 70. DOI: 10.1057/s41599-020-00562-3 Open access Abstract The article explores Tyrion Lannister’s rule in King’s Landing in the second volume of A Song of …

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Bhattacharya, S. Monsters in the dark: the discovery of Thuggee and demographic knowledge in colonial India (2020) Palgrave Communications, 6 (1), art. no. 78. DOI: 10.1057/s41599-020-0458-8 Open access Abstract The thugs have been one of the most lasting images in the portrayal of India in Western imagination. Although several scholars have questioned the authenticity of …

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Spaaij, R., Knoppers, A., Jeanes, R. “We want more diversity but…”: Resisting diversity in recreational sports clubs (2020) Sport Management Review, 23 (3), pp. 363-373. DOI: 10.1016/j.smr.2019.05.007 Open access Abstract Participation in sport is highly valued by governments and policy makers. Policies and programs encourage participation of populations who are underrepresented in sport. In many …

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Bürger, J., Laguna-Tapia, A. Individual homogenization in large-scale systems: on the politics of computer and social architectures (2020) Palgrave Communications, 6 (1), art. no. 47. DOI: 10.1057/s41599-020-0425-4 Open access Abstract One determining characteristic of contemporary sociopolitical systems is their power over increasingly large and diverse populations. This raises questions about power relations between heterogeneous individuals …

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Paul B. Preciado, Learning from the virus, ArtForum, May/June 2020 Open access IF MICHEL FOUCAULT had survived AIDS in 1984 and had stayed alive until the invention of effective antiretroviral therapy, he would be ninety-three years old today. Would he have agreed to confine himself in his apartment on rue de Vaugirard in Paris? The …

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Hofvenschioeld, E., Khodadadi, M. Communication in futures studies: A discursive analysis of the literature (2020) Futures, 115, art. no. 102493, DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2019.102493 Open access Abstract Communication is recognised as an essential part of futures work and yet research on the topic appears to be sporadic. This paper presents the results of a comprehensive literature review …

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Collstedt, C. Towards a biopolitics of the victimised body: Creating assault as a crime against health and life, c. 1945–1965 (2020) Scandinavian Journal of History, 45 (1), pp. 1-24. DOI: 10.1080/03468755.2019.1596833 Open access Abstract This article discusses the creation of assault as a crime against health and life as this discursive process is expressed through …

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Millar, E. Abortion stigma as a social process (2020) Women’s Studies International Forum, 78, art. no. 102328. DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2019.102328 Open access Abstract ‘Abortion stigma’ has become a critical concept in abortion scholarship, activism, policy and broader discourse. The concept of abortion stigma is, however, poorly defined and scholarship tends to use the concept in ways …

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