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

Boulton, M., Garnett, A., & Webster, F. (2021). A Foucauldian discourse analysis of media reporting on the nurse-as-hero during COVID-19. Nursing Inquiry, e12471. https://doi.org/10.1111/nin.12471 Abstract This study uses a Foucauldian discourse analysis to explore media reporting on the role of nurses as being consistently positioned ‘heroes’ during COVID-19. In so doing, it highlights multiple intersecting …

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Eckstein, N.A. Plague time: Space, fear, and emergency statecraft in early modern Italy (2021) Renaissance and Reformation, 44 (2), pp. 87-111. DOI: 10.33137/rr.v44i2.37522 Abstract Michel Foucault argued famously that early modern European governors responded to plague by quarantining entire urban populations and placing citizens under minute surveillance. For Foucault, such sixteenth-and seventeenth-century policies were the …

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Horton, S. When the face becomes a carrier: Biopower, Levinas’s ethics, and contagion (2021) Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia, 77 (2-3), pp. 715-732. DOI: 10.17990/RPF/2021_77_2_0715 Abstract In the midst of a pandemic, what does it mean to see the Other as Other and not as a carrier of the virus? I argue that in seeking a …

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Kwok, H., Singh, P., Heimans, S. The regime of ‘post-truth’: COVID-19 and the politics of knowledge (2021) Discourse DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2021.1965544 Abstract The emergence of ‘post-truth’ is often associated with the rise of conspiracy theories and the lack of trust in scientific knowledge. This article attempts to theorise the complex division of labour in this regime …

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Mendes M, Bordignon JS, Menegat RP, Schneider DG, Vargas MAO, Santos EKAD, Cunha PRD. Neither angels nor heroes: nurse speeches during the COVID-19 pandemic from a Foucauldian perspective. Rev Bras Enferm. 2021 Sep 29;75(suppl 1):e20201329. English, Portuguese. doi: 10.1590/0034-7167-2020-1329. PMID: 34614072. Open access Link to PDF in English Abstract Objective: to analyze the processes of …

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Mengmeng GAO Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de Paris (BHVP), 2 octobre 2021, Paris. Date et horaire exacts : Le samedi 2 octobre 2021 de 19h à 2h gratuit Surveiller et Punir – Vidéo Mengmeng GAO est originaire de Pékin (Chine), où elle est née en 1986. Elle vit et travaille à Paris. L’œuvre Surveiller …

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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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