Six Days of Foucault III: Nealon and Deleuze on (Post-)Foucauldian Power

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Gerard Fromanger's portrait, which serves as the cover art for Nealon's study of Foucault

Linked here, two pieces that put Foucault’s later work on (bio)power into focus. Deleuze’s thematization of post-disciplinary “control societies” might even beat Foucault’s writings on biopower in the shortness of length vs. range of influence contest (Deleuze’s “Postscript on Control Societies” is only 9 paragraphs long, but has launched dozens of contemporary studies of the changing shape of social power). Nealon’s “Once More with Intensity: Foucault’s History of Power Revisited” (a chapter from his Foucault Beyond Foucault) is a concise, but thorough, mapping of continuity and change in Foucault’s various writings on power over several decades; it is also one that opposes a popular reading of Foucault as abandoning his interest in power during his concentration on “ethics of the self” in his later work.


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