Foucault News

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

Alison Bashford (1999) Epidemic and governmentality: Smallpox in Sydney, 1881, Critical Public Health, 9:4, 301-316. DOI: 10.1080/09581599908402942 Abstract This article interprets a smallpox epidemic which took place in Sydney in 1881, in the light of Michel Foucault’s work on health, populations and the development of administrative government. It is a local and historical study informed …

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From Canada to Russia, every government is being selective in releasing coronavirus data Anton Oleinik, The Conversation, Scroll.in Jun 08, 2020 Covid-19 has affected almost every country around the globe. The World Health Organisation has confirmed cases in 216 countries and territories, a total that represents more than 85% of 251 entities recognised by the …

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Robert D. Smith, What Type of Governmentality is This? Or, how do we govern unknowns, Somatosphere, Science, Medicine, and Anthropology, May 26, 2020. This article is part of the series: Dispatches from the pandemic In Le Temps, a French newspaper, anthropologist Julie Billaud wrote that the governance of COVID-19 represents “a move towards a biopolitical mode …

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The Biopolitics of Covid-19 Seán Brennan on April 2, 2020, Slugger O’Toole (news and opinion blog) […] Increasingly, states will have to choose between the ‘bare life’ theories of Italian theorist Giorgio Agamben or the ‘social care’ theories of French philosopher Michel Foucault. Agamben argues, left to their own devices, states will provide minimal social …

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Anton Oleinik, The politics behind how governments control coronavirus data The Conversation (Canada), June 5, 2020 COVID-19 has affected almost every country around the globe. The World Health Organization has confirmed cases in 216 countries and territories, a total that represents more than 85 per cent of 251 entities recognized by the United Nations. Yet …

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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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Gerasimos Kakoliris, A Foucauldian enquiry in the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic management (Critique in Times of Coronavirus) Critical Legal Thinking— Law and the Political — • 11 May 2020 Is the substantially global management of the coronavirus pandemic a novelty or would it be possible to trace its origin in an earlier order of …

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Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Penser l’après : Sciences, pouvoir et opinions dans l’après Covid-19, The Conversation, May 3, 2020 […] Michel Foucault souligne le contraste entre ce modèle archaïque de la quarantaine où un pouvoir souverain autoritaire régit depuis un état central la vie des populations, et les dispositifs stratégiques de contrôle diffus de la vie mis …

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The city in a time of plague By PEPE ESCOBAR, Asia Times, APRIL 17, 2020 See also How to think post-Planet Lockdown By PEPE ESCOBAR. Asia Times, APRIL 28, 2020 History teaches us that epidemics are more like revelatory moments than social transformers The plague-stricken town, traversed throughout with hierarchy, surveillance, observation, writing; the town …

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