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Thinking as a subversive activity

While a number of posts on this blog have been dedicated to calling in to question the claims of contemporary management theory to enable managers to predict the future, there can be no doubt that much of it is dedicated to controlling employees. 1,153 more words


Foucault + power + resistance = the fashion blogger

Michael Foucault a famous French social theorist said that ‘Power produces knowledge.’

Foucault a postmodernist thought-leader, well ahead of his time, put forward the idea of… 604 more words

Academic Theory

Archaeology vs. Structuralism (Dreyfus and Rabinow, 53-56)

Atomistic structuralism: elements are completely specified apart from their role in a system (grammar: needs only rules and elements).

In archaeology, statements cannot be detached from the system because they are constituted as such by the rules of the enunciative field (a truth game). 323 more words

The Pursuit.

15th Feb.

A cloaked woman dining alfresco, is shrouded in a cloud of her own smoke, a smoke which then prowls, slowly, to the pedestrians a few feet away. 2,090 more words

Creative Writing

The Foucauldian Monster in A Madman’s Diary

On Goethe’s Weltliteratur in Today’s Context

No doubt Goethe’s concept of Weltliteratur as both an active network of circulation and humanistic mode of reading among the volk remains largely relevant to one’s understanding of world literature even to this day. 1,082 more words


Foucault: "Docile Bodies"

Foucault, Michel. “Docile Bodies.” Discipline and Punish. New York: Vintage Books, 1995.

In this chapter, Foucault explicates systems of discipline that produce docile bodies. Foucault argues that the emergency of discipline in the classical age “discovered the body as object and target of power” (136), renewing interest in the maintenance, control, and commodification of the body. 709 more words


A Neuroscientist Reads Foucault Part 3: "Feeling" (the) Abnormal

So far in this series, we’ve looked at Foucault’s genealogy of madness with some biomedically-fueled speculation. We’ve also examined how Foucault’s interrogation of the term “genealogy” could open up some new ways of thinking about human evolution. 1,577 more words