Archive: Visibility is a trap (2013)


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– Edouard Malingue Gallery (Hong Kong) will showcase a neon text installation by French artist Laurent Grasso (*1972). Over seven meters wide, Visibility is a Trap, 2012, is a direct reference to Michel Foucault’s theory of Panopticism as elaborated in the theorist’s seminal text ‘Discipline and Punish’ (1975).

Picture from the archello site

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Archive: Doing Foucault: inquiring into nursing knowledge with Foucauldian discourse analysis (2015)

Springer RA, Clinton ME. Doing Foucault: inquiring into nursing knowledge with Foucauldian discourse analysis. Nursing Philosophy. 2015 Apr;16(2):87-97

DOI: 10.1111/nup.12079

Foucauldian discourse analysis (FDA) is a methodology that is well suited to inquiring into nursing knowledge and its organization. It is a critical analytic approach derived from Foucault’s histories of science, madness, medicine, incarceration and sexuality, all of which serve to exteriorize or make visible the ‘positive unconscious of knowledge’ penetrating bodies and minds. Foucauldian discourse analysis (FDA) holds the potential to reveal who we are today as nurses and as a profession of nursing by facilitating our ability to identify and trace the effects of the discourses that determine the conditions of possibility for nursing practice that are continuously shaping and (re)shaping the knowledge of nursing and the profession of nursing as we know it. In making visible the chain of knowledge that orders the spaces nurses occupy, no less than their subjectivities, FDA is a powerful methodology for inquiring into nursing knowledge based on its provocation of deep critical reflection on the normalizing power of discourse.

Foucault; discipline; identity; methodology; nursing knowledge; professional self

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Japan’s Public Health Paradigm: Governmentality and the Containment of Harmful Behavior (2017)

Borovoy, A.
Japan’s Public Health Paradigm: Governmentality and the Containment of Harmful Behavior
(2017) Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, 36 (1), pp. 32-46.

DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2016.1148033

In this essay, I revisit the politics of social control in the context of contemporary public health discussions, touching on the management of obesity and chronic illness. Foucault’s cautionary observations regarding the infiltration of normative social values into the terrain of healing offer a productive framework for considering the politics of public health in the industrialized world. I explore Japan’s public health paradigm and its key features of bureaucratic reform and health interventions through screening, socialization, education, and aggressive lifestyle training, and I consider the close proximity between health and socio-cultural values in the management of chronic conditions in Japan. © 2016 Taylor & Francis.

Author Keywords
Chronic conditions; Japan; obesity; public health; screening

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