Foucault Studies

ISSN: 1832-5203

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    Critical Friendship After the Pandemic.Joelle M. Abi-Rached - 2023 - Foucault Studies 35:170-191.
    Are critique and the “art of governing” antithetical? The aim of this article is to examine this tension that was laid bare by the Covid-19 pandemic by introducing “critical friendship” as a conceptual framework for a constructive interdisciplinary engagement with science in a post-pandemic era. It does so by drawing on several works and insights: (i) Michel Foucault’s notion of “critical attitude” as well as his assessment of philosophy as providing a “diagnosis of the present;” (ii) Bruno Latour and colleagues’ (...)
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    Metamorphosis of Biopolitics. A Foucauldian Ecological Perspective and the Challenge of the Pandemic.Valentina Antoniol - 2023 - Foucault Studies 35:232-242.
    This paper is a review essay of Ottavio Marzocca, Biopolitics for Beginners. Knowledge of Life and Government of People, Milan/Udine: Mimesis International, 2020. Pp. 457. ISBN: 9788869771781 (paperback). It focuses on Marzocca's investigations into biopolitics, a topic of which the author offers an original ecological reconfiguration. The proposed reflections, which address the recent pandemic crisis of COVID-19, are developed from the work of Foucault but are not limited to this thinker. In fact, they offer an articulate examination of the issue (...)
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    Foucault Meets Novel Coronavirus: Biosociality, Excesses of Governmentality and the “Will to Live” of the Pandemicariat.Subhendra Bhowmick & Mursed Alam - 2023 - Foucault Studies 35:148-169.
    This essay situates Foucault`s ideas of ‘biopower’ and ‘governmentality’ within the Indian context of the Covid emergency, analysing how the excesses of ‘biopolitical’ and the authoritarian forms of ‘governmentality’ evoke a radical re-reading of Foucault within Covid-infested India. We argue how pre-existing ‘discursive’ conditions of biomedical, digital, and neoliberal India facilitated more majoritarian and undemocratic forms of (bio)politics during the Indian experience of the pandemic, exposing the migrant workers in particular to tremendous ‘precarity’ and turning them into pandemicariat. To meet (...)
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    Plague, Foucault, Camus.Adam Herpolsheimer - 2023 - Foucault Studies 35:70-96.
    In January 1975, Michel Foucault contemplated the nature and formation of what in subsequent years he would come to know as governmentality. For Foucault, plague marks the rise of the invention of positive technologies of power, where these relations center around inclusion, multiplication, and security, rather than exclusion, negation, and rejection. In a point that might at first seem ancillary to his central argument, Foucault comments on stylized works about plague, such as those, according to the lecture series’ editors, exemplified (...)
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    Fragile Responsibilization: Rights and Risks in the Bulgarian Response to Covid-19.Todor Hristov - 2023 - Foucault Studies 35:97-121.
    This article discusses the Bulgarian response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Bulgarian case is characterized by an ineffective constitution of the individuals as subjects of responsibility for the health of the population, which resulted in a vaccine coverage considerably lower than the European average. The article argues that the fragile responsibilization is an effect of the response to the pandemic that, building on older post-socialist regulations of the access to healthcare, instead of restricting the circulation of bodies in general, tried (...)
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    Post-pandemic South Asian Governmentalities and Foucault: State Power and Ordinary Citizens.Nasima Islam - 2023 - Foucault Studies 35:251-267.
    As the post-COVID world order necessitates a radical overhaul of the ways in which we understand the very notions of “health”, “care” and “security”, one must revisit Michel Foucault and his works in these shifting times to rethink biopolitics as a category viz-a-viz contemporary globalectics. Keeping that in mind, while reviewing two very interesting books by and on Foucault – South Asian Governmentalities: Michel Foucault and the Question of Postcolonial Orderings and Archives of Infamy: Foucault on State Power in the (...)
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    Virus as a figure of geontopower or how to practice Foucault now?Fabiana Jardim, Annika Skoglund, Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha & David Armstrong - 2023 - Foucault Studies 35:211-231.
    Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Franz Boas Professor at Columbia University, is a philosopher and anthropologist who has critically engaged with Michel Foucault’s ideas as well as scholarship inspired by his works. Povinelli has been dedicated to research on colonialism within liberalism and is also a filmmaker and founding member of The Karrabing Film Collective. The film collective is part of a larger organization of Aboriginal peoples and artists living in the Australian Northern Territory that refuses ‘fantasies of sovereignty and property’.[1] As (...)
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    Securing the Pandemic: Biopolitics, Capital, and COVID-19.Mark G. Kelly - 2023 - Foucault Studies 35:46-69.
    In this article, I consider the interoperation of twin contemporary governmental imperatives, fostering economic growth and ensuring biopolitical security, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. At a theoretical level, I thereby consider the question of the applicability of a Marxist analysis vis-à-vis a Foucauldian one in understanding state responses to the pandemic. Despite the apparent prioritization of preserving life over economic activity by governments around the world in this context, I will argue that the basic problem that COVID-19 posed (...)
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    Covid-19 Pandemic and the Freedom-Security Tension: Calibrating their Fragile Relationship.Pablo Martín Méndez - 2023 - Foucault Studies 35:192-210.
    Grounded in a will to adapt to dangers, and espouse both responsibility and resilience, voluntary measures have largely replaced one of the oldest public health strategies, quarantine. The Covid-19 pandemic, however, elicited a broad sweep of tactics from the archive of public health armoury. On a general level, this review essay addresses the common measures rolled out by various authorities against the pandemic - the lock-downs, reopening process, financial support and vaccination. By relating these measures to 1) the “plague-stricken town”, (...)
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    Governmentality, Science and the Media. Examining the “Pandemic Reality” with Foucault, Lyotard and Baudrillard.Jean-Paul Sarrazin & Fabián Aguirre - 2023 - Foucault Studies 35:21-45.
    This article examines the legitimization process of the public health preventive measures implemented in many Western countries following the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. Through concepts such as governmentality, disciplinarization and security mechanisms proposed by Foucault, we trace some of the basic principles and implications of the relationship between biopower and medicine, as well as the media dissemination of an official narrative on scientific truth. These reflections are complemented by the contributions of Francois Lyotard and Jean Baudrillard. Lyotard reflects on the relationship between (...)
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    Special Issue Introduction.Annika Skoglund, Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha, Fabiana Jardim & David Armstrong - 2023 - Foucault Studies 35:1-20.
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    Jussi Backman and Antonio Cimino (ed.), Biopolitics and Ancient Thought. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022. Pp. 240. [REVIEW]Morten S. Thaning - 2023 - Foucault Studies 35:243-250.
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    A Critique of Pandemic Reason: Towards a Syndemic Noso-Politics.Jorge Vélez Vega & Ricardo Noguera-Solano - 2023 - Foucault Studies 35:122-147.
    The main objective of this article is to provide a critique of the pandemic strategy suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO) and implemented by various countries from March 2020 onwards in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. Based on the theories of Michel Foucault, this critique aims to show that, in the first instance, the pandemic may be understood in terms of the art of governing human beings at the point of interaction between politics and medicine; (...)
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  14. Ungovernable Counter-Conduct: Ivan Illich’s Critique of Governmentality.Tim Christiaens - 2023 - Foucault Studies 34:25-51.
    Within Michel Foucault’s own conceptualization of governmentality, there is little room for something like ‘ungovernable life’. The latter seems to hint at a form of social conduct beyond power-relations, which would offend Foucault’s basic philosophical postulates. I argue that this identification between governmentality and power as such demonstrates a one-sided focus on the history of Western power-relations. By opposing Foucault’s genealogy of governmentality to Ivan Illich’s critical history of government, I delineate indigenous struggles against governmentalization as a form of ungovernable (...)
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    Sustaining Significance of Confessional Form: Taking Foucault to Attitudinal Research.Krystof Dolezal - 2023 - Foucault Studies 34:1-24.
    This paper offers a conceptual reconstruction and empirical case study of an often-eclipsed concept of Michel Foucault’s genealogical project, confession. Departing from Foucault’s dictum that his core research interest rests in the experience of the subject, I argue that, without a detailed understanding of diverse modalities of the confessional form, various subjectivation processes and epistemological procedures could not be fully grasped. In the first part, I systematise Foucault’s incoherent confessional account against the backdrop of his entangled genealogies of modern man (...)
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    Inhuman Hermeneutics of the Self: Biopolitics in the Age of Big Data.Patrick Gamez - 2023 - Foucault Studies 34:80-110.
    In this paper, I present a Foucauldian reflection on our datafied present. Following others, I characterize this present as a condition of “digital capitalism” and proceed to explore whether and how digital conditions present an important change of episteme and, accordingly, an importantly different mode of subjectivity. I answer both of these concerns affirmatively. In the process, I engage with Colin Koopman’s recent work on infopower and argue that, despite changes in episteme and modes of subjectivity, the digital capitalist present (...)
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    Genealogies of Nothing: Enforced Disappearances, Fable Lives, and Archives in Erasure.Ege Selin Islekel - 2023 - Foucault Studies 34:59-79.
    This article investigates the political impact of collective story-telling practices in the enforced disappearances from a Foucauldian perspective. I utilize two main theoretical frameworks: on the one hand, that of necropolitics, a kind of power that works on the management of death. On the other hand, that of genealogy as a type of history that mobilizes subjugated knowledges. The first part situates these stories within the framework of genealogy: subjugated knowledges that are buried and disqualified as a part of the (...)
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    Special Issue Introduction.Bradley Kaye & Corey McCall - 2023 - Foucault Studies 34:57-58.
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    Mark Coeckelbergh, Self-Improvement: Technologies of the Soul in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. New York: Columbia University Press, 2022. Pp. 144. [REVIEW]William Tilleczek - 2023 - Foucault Studies 34:52-56.
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