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Besley, A.C.(Tina)
‘Finding Foucault’: orders of discourse and cultures of the self
(2014) Educational Philosophy and Theory. Article in Press.

The idea of finding Foucault first looks at the many influences on Foucault, including his Nietzschean acclamations. It examines Foucault’s critical history of thought, his work on the orders of discourse with his emphasis on being a pluralist: the problem he says that he has set himself is that of the individualization of discourses. Finally, it addresses his work on the culture of the self which became a philosophical and historical question for Foucault later in his life as he investigated the historical form of relations between subjectivity and truth in Western philosophy since Antiquity and how philosophy as an activity taught about the care of the self. The conclusion suggests some ways that students might approach his work as they proceed in finding Foucault and their own selves.

Author Keywords
discourse; Foucault; Nietzsche; Poststructuralism; self; subjectivity

DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2014.945510

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Mobilities and Foucault. Special Issue, Mobilities Volume 9, Issue 4, 2014

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Introduction to Special Issue on ‘Mobilities and Foucault’
Katharina Manderscheid, Tim Schwanen & David Tyfield

‘One Must Eliminate the Effects of … Diffuse Circulation [and] their Unstable and Dangerous Coagulation’: Foucault and Beyond the Stopping of Mobilities
Chris Philo

Securing Circulation Through Mobility: Milieu and Emergency Response in the British Fire and Rescue Service
Nathaniel O’Grady

Prison and (Im)mobility. What about Foucault?
Christophe Mincke & Anne Lemonne

Veins of Concrete, Cities of Flow: Reasserting the Centrality of Circulation in Foucault’s Analytics of Government
Mark Usher

Governing Mobilities, Mobilising Carbon
Matthew Paterson

Putting the Power in ‘Socio-Technical Regimes’ – E-Mobility Transition in China as Political Process
David Tyfield

The Movement Problem, the Car and Future Mobility Regimes: Automobility as Dispositif and Mode of Regulation
Katharina Manderscheid

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Lanuza, G.M.
Agency and Governmentality: The Regulation and resistance of Muslim students in a public high school
(2013) Asia-Pacific Social Science Review, 13 (2), pp. 63-78.

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This paper is an attempt to show how Michel Foucault’s notion of governmentality can be used to illustrate the regulation of Muslim students while engaging in self-making in the context of the disciplinary feld of a public high school. Using ethnographic data, this paper argues that Muslim students are not just passive subjects; rather, they are active agents in constituting their identities while simultaneously subjected to the power relations in the school. Towards the end of the paper, I propose certain policy recommendations that could address the problems generated by current specifc form of rationality of government that normalizes Muslim students in public schools. © 2013 De La Salle University, Philippines.

Author Keywords
Foucault; Governmentality; Identity; Muslim; Reproduction

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Miró-Bonet, M., Bover-Bover, A., Moreno-Mulet, C., Miró-Bonet, R., Zaforteza-Lallemand, C.
Genealogy as a critical toolbox: Deconstructing the professional identity of nurses
(2014) Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70 (4), pp. 768-776.

Aim: To discuss the Foucauldian concept of genealogy as a framework for understanding and transforming nurses’ professional identity. Background: The professional identity of nurses has primarily been defined by personal and interpersonal attributes and by the intradisciplinary dimensions of nursing, leading to its conceptualization as a universal, monolithic phenomenon. The Foucauldian genealogical perspective offers a critical lens to examine what constitutes this professional identity; Spanish nursing offers a historical case study of an active effort to impose an identity that fits the monolithic ideal. Data sources: Five of the 33 professional conduct manuals for nurses’ training published from 1956-1976 during the Franco dictatorship in Spain and six interviews with nursing instructors or students at the time were analysed using a theoretical framework drawn from Foucault’s writing. Discussion: Foucault’s genealogical framework considers practices of normalization and resistance as a means of understanding knowledge continuities and discontinuities, clarifying practices that constitute nurses’ professional identity in a particular way in specific contexts and analysing the implications of this theoretical frame. Implications for nursing: The genealogy concept offers valuable tools to determine how professional identities are constituted, questions assumptions about the profession and its professionals and envisions alternative approaches. This theoretical approach helps both scholars and practitioners understand, question and transform their practices as needed. Conclusion: The genealogical approach prioritizes analysis of the phenomenon over its description and challenges many unknown, forgotten, excluded and/or unquestioned aspects of identity from a position of diversity and complexity.

Author Keywords
Discourse; Foucault; Genealogy; Identity; Nursing history; Poststructuralism; Power; Profession; Qualitative research

DOI: 10.1111/jan.12236

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Marco DÍAZ MARSÁ / Jorge DÁVILA ROJAS, De la historia del pensamiento y de sus principios. Aproximación a Michel Foucault, REVISTA LOGOS. ANALES DEL SEMINARIO DE METAFÍSICA, Vol. 47 2014, pp. 81-109.

(Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España / Universidad de los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela)

On the History of Thought and its Principles. Approach to Michel Foucault


De la historia del pensamiento y de sus principios. Aproximación a M. Foucault“.


Este estudio se define y articula a partir de la pregunta por el significado, sentido y estructura de la noción de “historia del pensamiento”, tal como ésta emerge y actúa desde los últimos pronunciamientos e intervenciones de Foucault, de un modo singularmente claro y revelador a partir de la primera versión del Prefacio a la “Historia de la sexualidad” (1984), texto del que nos ocupamos con atención prioritaria a lo largo de este trabajo.

Palabras clave: Problematización, actualidad, historia, crítica, ontología, filosofía,política, principio.


This study is defined and articulated on grounds of the question about the meaning,sense and structure of the notion of “history of thought” as it rises and functions from Foucault’s last declarations and interventions, in a particularly clear and illuminating way after the first version of the Préface à l’“Histoire de la sexualité” (1984), which we will mindfully approach along this work.

Keywords: Problématisation, actuality, history, critique, ontology, philosophy, politics, principle.

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Steven Hutchinson, Intelligence, reason of state and the art of governing risk and opportunity in early modern Europe, Economy and Society, Volume 43, Issue 3, 2014

DOI: 10.1080/03085147.2014.883796


Drawing upon primary and secondary historical material, this paper explores the role of intelligence in early modern government. It focuses upon developments in seventeenth- and early-eighteenth-century England, a site-specific genealogical moment in the broader history of state power/knowledges. Addressing a tendency in Foucauldian work to neglect pre-eighteenth-century governance, the analysis reveals a set of interrelated processes which gave rise to an innovative technique for anticipating hazard and opportunity for the state. At the intersection of raison d’État, the evolving art of government, widespread routines of secrecy and a post-Westphalia field of European competition and exchange, intelligence was imagined as a fundamental solution to the concurrent problems of ensuring peace and stability while improving state forces. In the administrative offices of the English Secretary of State, an assemblage of complex and interrelated procedures sought to produce and manipulate information in ways which exposed both possible risks to the state and potential opportunities for expansion and gain. As this suggests, the art of intelligence played an important if largely unacknowledged role in the formation and growth of the early modern state. Ensuring strategic advantage over rivals, intelligence also limited the ability of England’s neighbours to dominate trade, control the seas and master the colonies, functioning as a constitutive feature of European balance and equilibrium. As the analysis concludes, understanding intelligence as a form of governmental technique – a way of doing something – reveals an entirely novel way of thinking about and investigating its myriad (historical and contemporary) formations.

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Call for Papers: Soft Power Third Issue: June 30, 2015

Soft Power: Euro-American Journal of Historical and Theoretical Studies of Politics

Soft Power is an inter-disciplinary academic journal published in 2014 by the Grupo Planeta, one of the leading publishers in the Spanish-speaking world. It is supported by the University of Salerno and the Universidad Católica de Colombia.

The aim of the journal is to be a forum of discussion for researches and scholars interested in the changes of contemporary political and legal
 orders. Through an approach that integrates philosophy, legal and political theory and history, it tries to investigate the diffused and fragmentary power dispositifs emerging forms social practices that bring to light new aspects of political and legal rationality. In particular, research interests focus on transformations of law and politics in contemporary neoliberalism.

The main topics of third issue is: Governmentality and Soft Power. Its editor is Salvo Vaccaro (University of Palermo)

On one side, the concept of governmentality in Foucault introduces the notion of “conduire les conduits”, that’s to say a practice of power which is not hierarchical, vertical, repressive; on the other side, this same concept is useful in order to investigate the new forms of post-democratic regimes which are typical in the era of neoliberalism.

Soft Power invites submissions of articles of 6,500 to 7,500 words, including footnotes, on any aspect related to notions and practice of Governmentality and Soft Power.

Proposals with Name, tentative Title, little Abstract (max 20 lines) and Keywords should be submitted by December 20, 2014. Acceptance of the proposals shall be communicated by January 10, 2015, but this does not commit any real publication. Articles for issue number 3 should be submitted by April 10, 2015.

Philosophical, theoretical, historical and interdisciplinary articles are welcome. All articles are peer-reviewed using a double-blind peer-review process. Articles must be written in English or in Spanish. Abstracts and keywords must be in English as well as in Spanish in order to facilitate the inclusion in international databases and indexing services.

For more information, for the author’s style guide, and for submission of 
articles, please write to: softpower.journal@gmail.com

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