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Andrew Lakoff's The Private Life of Numbers: Pharmaceutical Marketing in Post-Welfare Argentina by Erica Borgstrom

July’s session discussed assemblage theory based on The Private Life of Numbers: Pharmaceutical Marketing in Post-Welfare Argentina by Lakoff (2005) from the Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics and Ethics as Anthropological Problems… 1,366 more words

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What is neoliberalism?

robinjames (@doctaj) on neoliberalism:

I want to hone in on one tiny aspect of neoliberalism’s epistemology. As Foucault explains in Birth of Biopolitics, “the essential epistemological transformation of these neoliberal analyses is their claim to change what constituted in fact the object, or domain of objects, the general field of reference of economic analysis” (222).

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Moving on From the Dissertation & Getting Started with Foucault

I have spent the last couple of years wishing I could work on projects other than my dissertation. And that time has finally come! My next big intellectual project is to figure out Foucault’s work and develop some ideas about how his work could impact our understanding of the structure and values of academic libraries and, more broadly, how libraries function within colleges and universities. 112 more words


Guilt as Social Conditioning and foundation of control

You can see how the systems of control in society today have grown out of Christianity. I don’t mean things such as the police force or the government when I say “systems of control”, these brutish organizations are far to blatant in their action to be effective forms of control. 357 more words


Once knowledge can be analyzed in terms of region, domain, implantation, displacement, transportation, one is able to capture the process by which knowledge functions as a form of power and disseminates the effects of power.  

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Foucault and Big Data

Very interesting comments on Foucault and Big Data by Frédéric Gros, who is one of the editors of Foucault’s Collège de France lectures:

Foucault’s great studies of disciplinary society are useful above all because they allow us to delineate, through contrast and comparison, the digital governmentality that subjects us to new forms of control, which are less vertical, more democratic and, above all, no longer burdened by any anthropological ballast.

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