Reyes-Zaga, H.A.
Biopolitics and disposable bodies: A critical reading of Almazán’s Entre perros
(2014) Latin American Perspectives, 41 (2), pp. 189-201.

Until now, little has been said about Mexican literature’s relationship with drug trafficking. While the literature influenced by drug trafficking may be seen as opportunistic and as promoting the dissolution of society and advocating crime, it not only contributes to the reproduction of the current violent Mexican imaginary but also appears to question the political and economic decentralization of neoliberalism and its role in making human beings disposable. Examining an example of this genre, Alejandro Almazán’s Entre perros (2009), in terms of the concept of biopolitics developed by Michel Foucault and others reveals it to be a denunciation of the effects of drug trafficking on Mexican society. The narconarrative raises the possibility of thinking about a state in which ethics and human rights are attainable.

Author Keywords
Biopolitics; Disposable humanity; Drug trafficking; Narconarrative; Violence

DOI: 10.1177/0094582X13509799

New issue of materiali foucaultiani (II:4), consecrated mostly (but not exclusively) to “Butler/Foucault: Undoing Norms, Reworking Subjects”.


Table of contents

A che prezzo si diviene soggetti?  (pp. 3-7)

Laura Cremonesi, Orazio Irrera, Daniele Lorenzini, Martina Tazzioli


Butler/Foucault: Undoing Norms, Reworking Subjects

Introduzione  (pp. 9-16)

  Laura Cremonesi, Orazio Irrera, Daniele Lorenzini, Martina Tazzioli


Vulnerabilità e resistenza. Intervista a Judith Butler  (pp. 17-26)

di Federica Sossi e Martina Tazzioli


Vulnerability and Resistance. Interview with Judith Butler  (pp. 27-36)

by Federica Sossi and Martina Tazzioli


Barred Subjects. Framing the Criminal Body with Foucault and Butler  (pp. 37-68)

Sophie Fuggle


Gli atti insurrezionali discorsivi dei prigionieri di Guantánamo: la rivendicazione di una politica della vulnerabilità  (pp. 69-93)

Laura De Grazia


Alterità della vita e alterazione del mondo. Ritorno sulla figura del cinico in Foucault e la performance drag in Butler  (pp. 95-114)

Céline Van Caillie


Confessioni precarie. Veridizione di sé e vulnerabilità alle norme in Michel Foucault e Judith Butler  (pp. 115-140)

  Attilio Bragantini


Soggetto, potere, discorso. Da Foucault a Butler, passando da Bourdieu  (pp. 141-163)

  Philippe Sabot


Corpi Soggetti Norme  (pp. 165-189)

  Carlo Parisi


The Departure from Categories and the Temporality of Norms. Working through Political Epistemology with Foucault and Butler  (pp. 191-215)

  Martina Tazzioli



Michel Foucault: carne, concupiscenza e corpo casto  (pp. 217-235)

 Arianna Sforzini


L’archivio e gli archivi. Archeologia dei discorsi e governo dei viventi  (pp. 237-254)

Alain Brossat


Michel Foucault e la Rivoluzione francese  (pp. 255-282)

  Sophie Wahnich


Whitney, K.
Domesticating nature?: Surveillance and conservation of migratory shorebirds in the “Atlantic Flyway”
(2014) Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C :Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 45 (1), pp. 78-87.

Using a recent environmental controversy on the U.S. east coast over the conservation of red knots (Calidris canutus rufa) as a lens, I present a history of North American efforts to understand and conserve migratory shorebirds. Focusing on a few signal pieces of American legislation and their associated bureaucracies, I show the ways in which migratory wildlife have been thoroughly enrolled in efforts to quantify and protect their populations. Interactions between wildlife biologists and endangered species have been described by some scholars as “domestication”-a level of surveillance and intervention into nonhuman nature that constitutes a form of dependence. I pause to reflect on this historical trajectory, pointing out the breaks and continuities with older forms of natural history. Using the oft-mobilized Foucauldian metaphor of the panopticon as a foil, I question the utility and ethics of too-easily declaring “domesticated” wildlife an act of “biopower.” Instead, I argue that Jacob von Uexküll’s “. umwelt” from early ecology and ethology, and more contemporary Science and Technology Studies (STS) analyses emphasizing multiple ontologies, offer more illuminating accounts of endangered species science. Neither science, conservation, nor history are well-served by the conflation of wildlife “surveillance” with the language of Foucauldian discipline.

Author Keywords
Conservation; Domestication; Foucault; Ontology; Umwelt; Wildlife biology

DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsc.2013.10.008

Lyness, C.
Governing the suicide bomber: reading terrorism studies as governmentality
(2014) Critical Studies on Terrorism, Published online Feb 2014


This article engages with the suicide bomber as he or she appears in the terrorism studies literature. In contrast to sensationalised narratives of the suicide bomber as pathological or fanatical, terrorism studies has increasingly come to view suicide bombing as a rational phenomenon that follows an identifiable strategic logic. Following Foucault’s articulation of governmentality, I read this literature as a governmental practice that attempts to understand the latent rationality of suicide bombing so that the phenomenon may be effectively governed and managed. With this understanding, I look specifically at the terrorism studies accounts of female suicide bombers and argue that the concerns they articulate regarding the superior capacity of these women to go undetected, such as with the use of fake pregnancies as disguises, produces the female suicide bomber as a uniquely risky and ungovernable subject.

Author Keywords
gender; governmentality; suicide bombing; terrorism studies

DOI: 10.1080/17539153.2014.881199

Walker, S.P.
Accounting and rural rehabilitation in New Deal America
(2014) Accounting, Organizations and Society, Published online Feb 2014

The enabling potential of accounting is explored through an investigation of practices attending the rural rehabilitation program in 1930s USA. The paper examines the attempts of a progressive government agency to encourage the adoption of accounting on a substantial scale through ‘supervised credit’. This episode is analyzed by reference to concepts of supervision derived from the work of theorists such as Foucault and Giddens. The accounting techniques applied by rural families under supervision are discussed and their rehabilitative impacts assessed at the levels of the objectified population and its individuated subjects. It is shown that accounting featured prominently, at diverse levels of government, in what has been identified as the most significant attempt to address rural poverty in American history. While the educative functioning of supervised accounting had facilitative and enabling effects, its administrative functioning was surveillant, controlling and directing of those targeted for intervention.

DOI: 10.1016/j.aos.2014.01.007

Niesche, R., Keddie, A.
Issues of Indigenous representation: White advocacy and the complexities of ethical leadership
(2014) International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 27 (4), pp. 509-526.

This paper explores the tensions and complexities for two principals as they work towards equity and improved social and educational outcomes for their Indigenous students. Drawing on Foucault’s fourfold ethical frame and poststructuralist notions of the subject, this paper presents the different ways the white female principals of Indigenous schools are formed as subjects. We illustrate how the multiplicities of their subject formation are influenced by the historicity and contextual factors of the schools and communities. These factors play a significant part in how these principals work as advocates and differently experience and negotiate the tensions around representation of and for Indigenous schools and communities. In realising equity goals for Indigenous students, the paper draws on Foucault’s work to illustrate the imperative of school leaders’ cognisance of, and capacity to work with, these factors.

Author Keywords
Indigenous; leadership; school principals; subjectivity

DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2013.771223

Ahonen, P., Tienari, J., Meriläinen, S., Pullen, A.
Hidden contexts and invisible power relations: A Foucauldian reading of diversity research
(2014) Human Relations, 67 (3), pp. 263-286.

This article joins recent critical diversity studies that point to an urgent need to revitalize the field, but goes further by showing the inherent contextual issues and power relations that frame existing contributions. Based on a theoretical reading inspired by Michel Foucault, diversity is presented as discourse that is not independent of the particular research exercise of which it is part but, rather, remains contingent on the prevailing forms of knowledge and choices made by researchers. By attending to more refined understandings of power and context within diversity discourse, this article makes visible and calls into question the categorization and normalization of diversity and its management. It contributes to existing research by suggesting that the knowledge produced by mainstream and critical diversity scholars alike is biopolitical and governmental. To do diversity research differently or ‘otherwise’ requires finding ways to develop theorizations and practices that turn this modality of power against itself.

Author Keywords
biopolitics; context; discourse; diversity; governmentality; Michel Foucault; power; research practice

DOI: 10.1177/0018726713491772


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