Category Archives: Foucault

Toward an Anthropology of Ethics: Foucault and the Pedagogies of Autopoiesis

Anthropology has come to exhibit a certain ethical self-consciousness, a certain ethical anxiety, which the immediate heirs of Franz Boas would hardly have countenanced, perhaps hardly have under- stood. It emerged with the protests of the 1960s and had its earliest collective voice in … Continue reading

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The State of Surveillance

This terrain is the English philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s panopticon (the prison he designed in the 1870s), as seen from the viewpoint of Michel Foucault. The authors use Foucault’s Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison as a gateway to … Continue reading

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A foucauldian analysis of school memories told by undergraduates of color

This paper draws from the writings of Michel Foucault and his recently reconsidered provocations on race and racialization. Using Foucault’s definition of ‘internal racism,’ race is understood as a complex set of correlations that are employed for the purpose of establishing (ab)normality and exercising … Continue reading

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Foucault, Health and Medicine

The reception of Michel Foucault’s work in the social sciences and humanities has been phenomenal. Foucault’s concepts and methodology have encouraged new approaches to old problems and opened up new lines of inquiry. This book assesses the contribution of Foucault’s … Continue reading

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Observing the Others, Watching Over Oneself: themes of medical surveillance in society

This article explores two instances of medical surveillance that illustrate post-panoptic views of the body in biomedicine, from the patient to the population. Techniques of surveillance and monitoring are part of medical diagnostics, epidemiological studies, aetiologic research, health care management; they also … Continue reading

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Health, Medicine and Surveillance in the 21st Century

By the beginning of the 21st Century, Surveillance Studies are highlighting how contemporary surveillance is neither limited nor specific, in either scope or design (Lyon 2002). The digital revolution has taken mass surveillance from a possibility to a reality. From cradle to … Continue reading

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Foucault and social media: life in a virtual panopticon

This is the first installment in a three-part series. Part 2. I tweet, therefore I become Part 3. The call of the crowd ——————————————- You start the day bleary-eyed and anxious. You stayed up late last night working on a … Continue reading

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Competition: A Critical History of a Concept

This article expands Michel Foucault’s genealogy of liberalism and neoliberalism by analyzing the concept of competition. It addresses four key liberal conceptions of competition in turn: the idea of competition as a destructive but progressive and thus necessary force (roughly … Continue reading

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Analysing Knowledge and Power in Classrooms

How can we explore how power operates in classrooms, looking at the power teachers hold through their social position alongside the flows of power between different actors? How can we understand how knowledge is intertwined with power for, as Michel … Continue reading

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Doing Foucault in Early Childhood Studies: Applying Post-structural Ideas

This book draws on a broad range of poststructural and postcolonial thinkers, and pays particular attention to the intersections of race, class and gender. Within this theoretical framework, it shows the important contribution that Foucault and other poststructural theorists can … Continue reading

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