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Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:

Foucault, Biopolitics, and Governmentality, an open-access e-book edited by Sven-Olov Wallenstein and Jakob Nilsson, with essays by Thomas Lemke, Johanna Oksala, Catherine Mills, Julian Reid, Lukasz Stanek, Helena Mattsson, Warren Neidich, Cecilia Sjoholm, Maurizio Lazzarato, and Adenna Mey.

diva2_615362Foucault’s work on biopolitics and governmentality has inspired a wide variety of responses, ranging from philosophy and political science to history, legal studies, and urban planning. Drawing on historical sources from antiquity to twentieth century liberalism.

Foucault presented us with analyses of freedom, individuality, and power that cut right to the heart of these matters in the present.

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elden-cramptonJeremy W. Crampton, Stuart Elden (Eds.): Space, Knowledge and Power: Foucault and Geography, London: Ashgate, November 2012 (E.book, Illustrated edition)

Previous Ed: paperback February 2007; hardback February 2007

Michel Foucault’s work is rich with implications and insights concerning spatiality, and has inspired many geographers and social scientists to develop these ideas in their own research. This book, the first to engage Foucault’s geographies in detail from a wide range of perspectives, is framed around his discussions with the French geography journal Hérodote in the mid 1970s. The opening third of the book comprises some of Foucault’s previously untranslated work on questions of space, a range of responses from French and English language commentators, and a newly translated essay by Claude Raffestin, a leading Swiss geographer.The rest of the book presents specially commissioned essays which examine the remarkable reception of Foucault’s work in English and French language geography; situate Foucault’s project historically; and provide a series of developments of his work in the contemporary contexts of power, biopolitics, governmentality and war. Contributors include a number of key figures in social/spatial theory such as David Harvey, Chris Philo, Sara Mills, Nigel Thrift, John Agnew, Thomas Flynn and Matthew Hannah. Written in an open and engaging tone, the contributors discuss just what they find valuable – and frustrating – about Foucault’s geographies. This is a book which will both surprise and challenge.

Contents:
Introduction: Space, knowledge and power: Foucault and geography, Stuart Elden and Jeremy W. Crampton.

Part 1 Questions:
Some questions from Michel Foucault to Hérodote, Michel Foucault (translated by Stuart Elden).

Part 2 Francophone Responses – 1977:
Hérodote editorial, translated by Gerald Moore;
Response: Jean-Michel Brabant (translated by Gerald Moore);
Response: Alain Joxe (translated by Gerald Moore);
Response:Jean-Bernard Racine and Claude Raffestin (translated by Gerald Moore);
Response: Michel Riou (translated by Gerald Moore).

Part 3 Anglophone Responses – 2006:
The Kantian roots of Foucault’s dilemmas, David Harvey;
Geography, gender and power, Sara Mills;
Overcome by space: reworking Foucault, Nigel Thrift;
Foucault among the geographers, Thomas Flynn.

Part 4 Contexts:
Strategy, medicine and habitat: Foucault in 1976, Stuart Elden;
Formations of ‘Foucault’ in Anglo-American geography: an archaeological sketch, Matthew Hannah;
Catalysts and converts: sparking interest for Foucault among Francophone geographers, Juliet J. Fall;
Could Foucault have revolutionized geography?, Claude Raffestin (translated by Gerald Moore).

Part 5 Texts:
The incorporation of the hospital into modern technology, Michel Foucault (translated by Edgar Knowlton Jr., William J. King, and Stuart Elden);
The meshes of power, Michel Foucault (translated by Gerald Moore);
The language of space, Michel Foucault (translated by Gerald Moore);
The force of flight, Michel Foucault (translated by Gerald Moore);
Questions on geography, Michel Foucault (translated by Colin Gordon).

Part 6 Development:
Geographies of governmentality, Margo Huxley;
The history of medical geography after Foucault, Gerry Kearns;
Maps, race and Foucault: eugenics and territorialization following World War I, Jeremy W. Crampton;
Beyond the Panopticon? Foucault and surveillance studies, David Murakami Wood;
Beyond the European province: Foucault and postcolonialism, Stephen Legg; Foucault, sexuality, geography, Philip Howell;
The problem with Empire, Mathew Coleman and John A. Agnew;
‘Bellicose history’ and ‘local discursivities’: an archaeological reading of Michel Foucault’s Society Must be Defended, Chris Philo.

About the Editors:
Dr Jeremy W. Crampton is from the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University, USA. Dr Stuart Elden is from the Department of Geography at Durham University, UK.

Reviews: ‘Space, Knowledge and Power: Foucault and Geography elaborates Foucault’s thinking about geography and space in fascinating ways. Foucault scholars will be delighted and perhaps amazed to see this side of Foucault, and the book will immediately become an essential text for all geographers and everyone interested in Foucault’s understanding of space and its broader influence in the social sciences and social and cultural theory.’
John Pickles, University of North Carolina, USA

‘For anyone interested in Foucault, geography and space, this is the essential reference work. This outstanding and comprehensive collection brings together for the first time, not only original texts by Foucault, but also the work of French and Anglophone commentators and authorities in the area. An invaluable and beautifully organized resource, highly recommended for both students and scholars alike.’
Clare O’Farrell, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

‘The work of French philosopher Foucault is here excavated, translated, interpreted, assessed, and applied…This is a thoughtful and imaginative undertaking, replete with utile index .…Recommended.’
Choice

‘…it avoids the trap of “hyper-reflexivity” which would harm the quality of the work…the most enriching aspect of this volume is clearly that it identifies that Foucault’s reflections represent a veritable goldmine for geographers and anyone interested in questions of space.’
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With thanks to Variazioni foucaultiane for this news

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Collectif, « Michel Foucault. Entre sujet et révolte », Revue du MAUSS permanente, 12 juin 2012 [en ligne].
Available for pdf download

Qu’a-t-on fait historiquement des fous et des folles, des pauvres et des malades ? Pourquoi faut-il constamment dire et se dire « qui » on est ? Comment gouverne-t-on ? À quel type de pouvoir avons-nous affaire ? Qu’est-ce que dire « vrai » ? Comment peut-on devenir sujet moral de son action ? Voici un certain nombre de questions foucaldiennes qu’il faut continuer à se poser et qui nous plongent dans l’analyse (l’analytique dirait Foucault) de nos pratiques concrètes prises entre les coercitions de la « nécessité » qu’on doit problématiser pour s’en débarrasser et les virtualités des « possibilités » qu’il faut identifier pour les saisir comme opportunités de transformation. Car, de même que Marx n’est pas seulement un penseur du nécessaire (de la détermination sociale) mais également du possible (de conditions possibles d’émancipation de cette détermination), Foucault est autant un penseur de l’assujettissement que de la subjectivation, du pouvoir que de sa fragilité, de la volonté de normalisation que des pratiques de liberté. Dans ce petit ouvrage, de jeunes chercheurs de l’Université du Québec à Montréal confrontent notamment Foucault à la critique du libéralisme d’Arendt, et prolongent ses analyses sur le cas de Facebook. (François Gauthier)

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Diogo Sardinha, Ordre et temps dans la philosophie de Foucault, Préface d’Etienne Balibar, L’Harmattan, La philosophie en commun, ISBN : 978-2-296-56327-8 • septembre 2011 • 252 pages. Book available in paperback or ebook

Publisher’s site
Pdf of further details, cover and table of contents

L’oeuvre de Foucault apparaît comme une succession d’études dispersées, plus que comme un tout cohérent. C’est l’une des raisons pour lesquelles on doute du caractère même d’oeuvre que constitueraient l’ensemble de ses travaux. Ce livre montre, au contraire, que ces travaux sont marqués par une cohérence fondamentale. Celle-ci n’est pas une caractéristique transitoire, mais un trait constant de la recherche de Foucault, à laquelle elle accorde sa valeur proprement philosophique.

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Anthony Meirno, Politics of Perception: Post-Foucauldian Ceramics [Kindle Edition] Pam Luke (Editor), 2011

Description
Whether due to his insight or influence, Foucault’s mixture of cynicism, paranoia and obsession with power mirrors our current cultural zeitgeist. His thoughts resonate on both thin edges of the American political thought. On the left, consider feminist law scholar Catharine MacKinnon who stated that men incarcerated for rape thinks it is stupid because “They were put into jail for something very little different from what most men do most of the time and they call it sex. The only difference is they got caught. It may also be right.” On the right, there are those who believe that including homosexuality as a personal choice would lead to an epidemic of sodomy. In speaking of homosexuality, Pat Buchanan sees even mere acceptance as wrong. While these ideas are clearly on the lip of the American political bell curve, it is an arch plotted on a Foucauldian graph. The X axis is knowledge and the Y axis is power. Contemporary ceramic artists create work in this milieu, Like a desert defines a cactus, Foucault’s theory of power and society define their work.

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From Stuart Elden’s blog Progressive Geographies

Prevent and Tame. Protest under (Self)Control

This is available as an ebook

The common dualistic approach to social movements tends to see power and resistance as separate and independent antagonists. RLF Manuskripte, Volume 88

The contributors to this book aim to transcend that approach, arguing that to adequately analyze ongoing struggles, it is also critically important to trace the constitutive interconnectedness between social movements and power. This is the aim of the title “Prevent and Tame”: emergent strategies to prevent and tame protest—whether they are undertaken by the state or by factions within the movements themselves—have given rise to new kinds of social relations and regulations that call for a new approach to research on social movements and protest.

Inspired by Foucault and others, this book offers theoretical and empirical investigation into the implications that governmentality studies and subjectivation perspectives may have for a deeper understanding of the dynamics in the relationship between power and movements. The articles reflect on the effects of current neo-liberal or neo-social transformations on social movement practice, including the impact of surveillance, the criminalization and stigmatization of protest, and how these can lead movements to engage in self-taming behavior amongst themselves.

Taken as a whole, this book suggests that to take the struggles of social movements seriously, requires to acknowledge the complexity of the power dynamics in which they are involved. In so doing, the authors’ aim is not to tame protest by over-amplifying its apparent obstacles, but to prevent its energy from being pointlessly wasted or misdirected (i.e. by being spent in the wrong places, in false conflicts, or even in fighting the clouds they cast themselves).

Includes contributions by Stephen Gill, Peter Ullrich, Florian Heßdörfer, Andrej Holm, Anne Roth, Marco Tullney, Michael Shane Boyle, Darcy K. Leach, Sebastian Haunss and Nick Montgomery

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