Foucault News

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

Benjamin Bratton, The Revenge of the Real. Politics for a Post-Pandemic World, Verso, 2021 Review by Geoff Shullenberger in The Washington Examiner The future of politics after the pandemic COVID-19 exposed the pre-existing conditions of the current global crisis. Many Western states failed to protect their populations, while others were able to suppress the virus …

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Colin Koopman,Patrick Jones, Valérie Simon, Paul Showler, Mary McLevey, When data drive health: an archaeology of medical records technology BioSocieties, Online 6 September 2021 https://doi.org/10.1057/s41292-021-00249-1 Open access Abstract Medicine is often thought of as a science of the body, but it is also a science of data. In some contexts, it can even be asserted …

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Pennington, M. Foucault and Hayek on public health and the road to serfdom. Public Choice (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-021-00926-6 Open access Abstract This paper draws on the work of Michel Foucault and Friedrich Hayek to understand threats to personal and enterprise freedom, arising from public health governance. Whereas public choice theory examines the incentives these institutions provide …

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Byung-Chul Han, The Palliative Society. Pain Today Byung-Chul Han, Translated by Daniel Steuer, Polity Press, 2021 Our societies today are characterized by a universal algophobia: a generalized fear of pain. We strive to avoid all painful conditions – even the pain of love is treated as suspect. This algophobia extends into society: less and less …

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Larocque, C., Foth, T. Which lives are worth saving? Biolegitimacy and harm reduction during COVID-19 (2021) Nursing Inquiry DOI: 10.1111/nin.12417 Open access Abstract Despite the promise to save every life, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed social and racial inequalities, precarious living conditions, and engendered an exponential increase in overdose deaths. Although some lives are considered …

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Wagner, A., Matulewska, A., & Marusek, S. “Pandemica Panoptica: Biopolitical Management of Viral Spread in the Age of Covid-19.” International journal for the semiotics of law = Revue internationale de semiotique juridique, 1-37. 4 Feb. 2021, doi:10.1007/s11196-021-09821-1 Abstract The current pandemic period has triggered a series of changes in society, at both individual and collective …

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De Sá, F. Z.; Gastal, S. A.(2021).Mobility, immobility and a-mobility: to discuss tourism in COVID-19 times. Revista Brasileira de Pesquisa em Turismo, São Paulo,15(1), 2144. http://dx.doi.org/10.7784/rbtur.v15i1.2144 Open access Abstract Mobility has been revisited in recent years, associated with the themes of space, time, territory, and place, but rarely involving Tourism more directly. Analyzing Tourism under …

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Federico Soldani, The Lancet’s Editor-in-Chief: “We will be transformed into biopolitical citizens” Psypolitics blog 3 August 2021 Topics that readers of PsyPolitics might already be familiar with such as the concepts of power, for instance as discussed by Michel Foucault, the transformation “from citizens to patients” – formulated for the first time in 2019 – …

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Claudia Aradau and Martina Tazzioli, Covid-19 and rebordering the world Radical Philosophy 2.10 (Summer 2021) In April 2021, dozens of asylum seekers were moved back to the Napier Barracks in the UK, after the barracks had been emptied a month earlier following protests and media reports on its unsuitable conditions. Migrant support groups and NGOs …

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