Ragan Fox
Auto-archaeology of Homosexuality: A Foucauldian Reading of the Psychiatric–Industrial Complex, Text and Performance Quarterly, Vol. 34, Iss. 3, 2014, 230-250.

This essay explores two primary questions. (1) Can there be a Foucauldian autoethnography? (2) How might a Foucault-driven autoethnography detail my experiences in the psychiatric–industrial complex? Pulling largely from Michel Foucault’s earliest work History of Madness, I look at how interconnected organizations have rendered homosexuality as senseless, used a “psychiatrization of perverse pleasure” to rationalize this senselessness, and relied on expensive psychoanalysis and pharmaceuticals to invoke the madness they claim to cure.



DOI: 10.1080/10462937.2014.903429

Chris Howard, Jenny Hallam and Katie Brady, Governing the souls of young women: exploring the perspectives of mothers on parenting in the age of sexualisation, Journal of Gender Studies, Published online: 15 Sep 2014

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The sexualisation of young women has emerged as a growing concern within contemporary western cultures. This has provoked adult anxieties that young women are growing up too fast by adopting inappropriate sexual practices and subjectivities. Psychological discourses have dominated, which position sexualisation as a corrupting force that infects the ‘true self’ of young women, so they develop in abnormal ways. This in turn allows psychological practices to govern how to parent against sexualisation within families. To explore this further, six mothers each with daughters aged between 8 and 12 took part in one to one semi-structured interviews designed to explore how they conceptualised and parented against the early sexualisation of young women. A Foucauldian inspired discourse analysis was employed, which suggested that the mother’s talk was situated within a psychological discourse. This enabled sexualisation to be positioned as a corrupting force that disrupted the natural development of young women through deviant bodily practices (e.g. consuming sexualised goods), which prevented them from becoming their ‘true self’. Through the disciplinary gaze of psychology, class inequalities were reproduced where working class families were construed as ‘chavs’ who were bad parents and a site of contagion for sexualisation.

DOI: 10.1080/09589236.2014.952714

Colloque International
« Foucault et les religions »

IRCM – UNIL Lausanne
Avec le soutien de l’Association pour le Centre Michel Foucault.

22, 23, 24 octobre 2014

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La pensée de Michel Foucault est faite de nombreux excursus vers des domaines inédits comme la spiritualité antique, l’histoire du christianisme primitif, l’ascétisme chrétien, les mouvements de contre-conduites, le pouvoir pastoral et plus généralement le rapport entre politique et religion dans la modernité.

L’intérêt qu’il porta tout au long de son parcours à ces questionnements doit nous obliger, trente ans après sa mort, à ouvrir ces dossiers pour essayer d’en comprendre la place dans sa réflexion mais aussi les conceptualisations et les problématisations nouvelles que son travail permet lorsque l’on aborde aujourd’hui la question religieuse.

Quelle est la place actuelle de Foucault dans les champs et les domaines des sciences et de l’histoire des religions ? Ses théories et ses méthodes permettent-elles de renouveler les cadres conceptuels qui président généralement à de telles réflexions ? Voici quelques unes des questions qui seront abordées par les intervenants qui confronteront des approches variées et les enjeux propres à chacune de leurs disciplines.

Comité d’organisation : Jean-François Bert, Nicolas Meylan, Christian Grosse, Silvia Mancini, Philippe Chevallier, Julien Cavagnis



Dates à venir

Samedi 20 septembre vers 15h, dans le cadre d’Un Monument aux Vivants, organisé par le Collectif 12,
première lecture de Mon petit corps utopique, Mantes-la-Jolie (78)

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Les 23 et 25 octobre à 19h et le 24 octobre à 20h30, La Prison,
Théâtre de la Grange de Dorigny – Université de Lausanne (CH)

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Lundi 3 novembre , Le corps utopique, variation pour 2 comédiennes,
Maison d’Arrêt de Fleury-Mérogis (91)

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Mon petit corps utopique

Après Notre corps utopique, et librement inspiré du même texte de Foucault,
le collectif F71 prépare un spectacle pour tous à partir de 6 ans, Mon petit corps utopique
Création prévue le 23 mars 2015 au Collectif 12, dans le cadre du festival Les Francos

Du 6 au 17 octobre 2014, résidence de création au Collectif 12, Mantes-la-Jolie (78)

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Mélanie Autier, 06 22 13 06 82, production.collectiff71@gmail.com
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Ferry, M.D., Richards, C.
Biopedagogy digitalized: ‘educational’ relations among participants on an online weight loss surgery forum
(2014) Critical Public Health. Article in Press.

Foucault uses the term ‘biopower’ to describe the totalizing effects of regulation of life through the manipulation of political messages, such as those in the obesity debate. This paper attempts to uncover ways in which these flows are made manifest among members of a public online weight loss surgery (WLS) discussion forum. Drawing from Foucauldian scholarship, we spent two-and-a-half years conducting a critical discourse analysis of over 2000 conversational threads on one US-based public discussion forum devoted to providing a support community to those who were considering WLS. Our intent is to analyze how ‘truths’ about the surgery are constructed among and between the community participants at different stages of the surgery to identify how they engage with ideologies associated with contemporary obesity and healthism.

Author Keywords
biopedagogy; biopower; obesity; public pedagogy; weight loss surgery

DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2014.940849

Parchev, O.
The body-power relationship and immanent philosophy: A question of life and death
(2014) European Legacy, 19 (4), pp. 456-470.

According to Foucault, the human body is the targeted object of modern power systems. In his genealogical studies, Foucault describes the manner in which these power systems leave an imprint on the body and utilize knowledge of the body as an indirect means of exercising subtle forms of control. In recent years, several researchers have claimed that the status of the body, subsumed as it is by modern power networks, has become a means for conducting a unique political critique in which the human being is viewed as an agent of oppression and freedom. This article takes a fresh look at Foucaults notions of life and death that underpin the critical understanding the body-power relationship. While this approach recognizes the completeness of subjective structuring processes, it also enables the formulation of new insights regarding the status of the modern individual as the subject of separate and independent modes of speech and action.

DOI: 10.1080/10848770.2014.919191

psychopathology-at-schoolValerie Harwood and Julie Allan. Psychopathology at school: Theorizing mental disorders in education, Routledge (2014)

Further info

Psychopathology at School provides a timely response to concerns about the rising numbers of children whose behaviour is recognised and understood as a medicalised condition, rather than simply as poor behaviour caused by other factors. It is the first scholarly analysis of psychopathology which draws on the philosophers Foucault, Deleuze, Guattari and Arendt to examine the processes whereby children’s behaviour is pathologised. The heightened attention to mental disorders is contrasted with education practices in the early and mid-to-late twentieth century, and the emergence of a new conceptualization of childhood is explored.

Taking education as a central component to the contemporary experience of growing up, the book charts the ways in which mental disorders have become commonplace in childhood and youth, from birth through to college and university, but also offers examples of where professionals have refused to pathologise children’s behaviour. The book examines the extent of the influence of psychopathology on the lives of children and young people, as well as the practices that infiltrate education and the possibilities for alternative educational responses that negate the diagnosis of mental disorder. Psychopathology at School is a must read for anyone concerned about the growing influence of psychopathology in education and will be of particular interest to educated readers and to scholars, students and professionals in education, psychiatry, psychology, child studies, youth studies, nursing, social work and sociology.


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