Foucault News

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

Christian Möller, Discipline and Feed: Food Banks, Pastoral Power, and the Medicalisation of Poverty in the UK, Sociological Research Online, Published January 5, 2021 DOI: 10.1177/1360780420982625 Open access Abstract Food banks across the UK are offering basic food supplies and a range of support services to people who have been affected by years of welfare …

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Lars Erik Løvaas Gjerde (2021) Governing humans and ‘things’: power and rule in Norway during the Covid-19 pandemic, Journal of Political Power, DOI: 10.1080/2158379X.2020.1870264 ABSTRACT This text focuses on the mentalities and technologies of power employed by the Norwegian government as it attempts to control the Covid-19 pandemic. Utilizing governmentality studies and a Foucauldian discourse …

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Jennifer R. Rust (2020) Political Theology, Pastoral Power, and Resistance, Political Theology, Published online: 31 Dec 2020 DOI: 10.1080/1462317X.2020.1866813 ABSTRACT Foucault’s genealogy of pastoral power as “a power of care” challenges us to think of modern medical institutions and practices in terms of political theology by emphasizing their continuities with older ecclesiastical practices. Both ecclesiastical …

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Flavio Luzi, Glosse in margine all’epidemia come politica, Laboratorio Archeologia Filosofica, 19 Dicembre 2020 Open access Penosamente amare quel che non si ama, da quando il fumo uccide, ecco, ubbidire. Patrizia Cavalli 1. Nemo propheta acceptus est in patria sua “A me sembra che il vero compito politico, in una società come la nostra, sia …

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Mariaconcetta Costantini, Pandemics, Power, and Conspiracy Theories, Critical Quarterly First published: 10 December 2020 https://doi.org/10.1111/criq.12578 Open access Our culture is awash in conspiracy theories’, Joseph Uscinski recently observed to emphasise the crucial role the Internet plays in circulating a deluge of information and conjectures – including fake news – around the world.1 Sometimes created by …

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Richard Smith: The faults and dangers of an iatrocracy, The BMJ Opinion, August 11, 2020 The first thing that struck Bernard-Henri Lévy, arguably France’s leading public intellectual, about the covid-19 pandemic was the rise of “medical power.” In his short, enjoyable, and provocative book The Virus in the Age of Madness he explains why such …

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Bernard-Henri Levy, The Virus in the Age of Madness, Yale University Press, 2020 See here for extracts Chapter 1: Come Back, Michel Foucault—We Need You! A trenchant look at how the coronavirus reveals the dangerous fault lines of contemporary society? As seen on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS: “A stirring alarm addressed to an unsettled world.” …

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GLOBAL BIOPOWER MARKET RESEARCH REPORT WITH OPPORTUNITIES AND STRATEGIES TO BOOST GROWTH- COVID-19 IMPACT AND RECOVERY Industry Research, 27-Oct-2020 Biopower is a term coined by French scholar, historian, and social theorist Michel Foucault. It relates to the practice of modern nation states and their regulation of their subjects through “an explosion of numerous and diverse …

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Cités N° 84/2020 : Biopolitique du coronavirus (2020) Date de parution 06/01/2021 RÉSUMÉ Jamais sans doute le concept de biopolitique, inventé par Michel Foucault en 1975, il y a donc quarante-cinq ans, n’aura mieux prouvé sa pertinence que dans la période actuelle. La biopolitique chez Foucault se caractérise en particulier par deux dimensions : la …

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Sotiris, P. Thinking beyond the lockdown: On the possibility of a democratic biopolitics (2020) Historical Materialism DOI: 10.1163/1569206X-12342803 Abstract Covid-19 is not only a health emergency but also a strategic challenge for any politics of resistance, struggle and transformation. Understanding the social and political dynamics associated with morbidity and mortality and the many ‘ecologies of …

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