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voyceMalcolm Voyce, Foucault, Buddhism and Disciplinary Rules, Routledge, 2017

About the Book
This book suggests that previous critiques of the rules of Buddhist monks (Vinaya) may now be reconsidered in order to deal with some of the assumptions concerning the legal nature of these rules and to provide a focus on how Vinaya texts may have actually operated in practice. Malcolm Voyce utilizes the work of Foucault and his notions of ‘power’ and ‘subjectivity’ in three ways. First, he examines The Buddha’s role as a lawmaker to show how Buddhist texts were a form of lawmaking that had a diffused and lateral conception of authority. While lawmakers in some religious groups may be seen as authoritative, in the sense that leaders or founders were coercive or charismatic, the Buddhist concept of authority allows for a degree of freedom for the individual to shape or form themselves. Second, he shows that the confession ritual acted as a disciplinary measure to develop a unique sense of collective governance based on self regulation, self-governance and self-discipline. Third, he argues that while the Vinaya has been seen by some as a code or form of regulation that required obedience, the Vinaya had a double nature in that its rules could be transgressed and that offenders could be dealt with appropriately in particular situations. Voyce shows that the Vinaya was not an independent legal system, but that it was dependent on the Dharmaśāstra for some of its jurisprudential needs, and that it was not a form of customary law in the strict sense, but a wider system of jurisprudence linked to Dharmaśāstra principles and precepts.

Table of contents
Introduction to the Work of Foucault and its Use in this Study
An Overview of the Vinaya
The Presentation of the Vinaya within Forms of Western Scholarship
The Vinaya and the Dharmaśāstra
The Formation of the Religious Body
From Ethics to Aesthetics
The Role of Confession and Discipline
Rules and Transgressions
Conclusion: The ‘Care of the Self’ and the Practice of the Vinaya

Malcolm Voyce graduated in law at Auckland University in 1970. In 1980 he completed a Doctorate under J.D.M. Derrett at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK, on the topic of the rules of Buddhist monks. This Doctorate was published in five articles. While teaching law at Macquarie University in 2001, he completed a second Doctorate on Foucault. This Doctorate has been published in article form and Dr Voyce has published some 20 articles or chapters in books utilizing the work of Foucault. In the last few years Dr Voyce has published further articles on Buddhism and law in leading journals. He recently published, with Erich Kolig, an edited volume entitled Muslim Integration, Pluralism and Multiculturalism in New Zealand and Australia (2016). Dr Voyce is currently an Associate Professor of Law at Macquarie University, Australia.

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elden-bopStuart Elden, Foucault: The Birth of Power, Polity, 2017

Michel Foucault’s The Archaeology of Knowledge was published in March 1969; Discipline and Punish in February 1975. Although only six years apart, the difference in tone is stark: the former is a methodological treatise, the latter a call to arms. What accounts for the radical shift in Foucault’s approach?

Foucault’s time in Tunisia had been a political awakening for him, and he returned to a France much changed by the turmoil of 1968. He taught at the experimental University of Vincennes and then moved to a prestigious position at the Collège de France. He quickly became involved in activist work concerning prisons and health issues such as abortion rights, and in his seminars he built research teams to conduct collaborative work, often around issues related to his lectures and activism.

Foucault: The Birth of Power makes use of a range of archival material, including newly available documents at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, to provide a detailed intellectual history of Foucault as writer, researcher, lecturer and activist. Through a careful reconstruction of Foucault’s work and preoccupations, Elden shows that, while Discipline and Punish may be the major published output of this period, it rests on a much wider range of concerns and projects.

Table of Contents
Introduction: Out of the 1960s
1. Measure: Greece, Nietzsche, Oedipus
2. Inquiry: Revolt, Ordeal, Proof
3. Examination: Punishment, War, Economy
4. Madness: Power, Psychiatry and the Asylum
5. Discipline: Surveillance, Punishment and the Prison
6. Illness: Medicine, Disease and Health
Conclusion: Towards Foucault’s Last Decade

About the Author
Stuart Elden is Professor of Political Theory and Geography at the University of Warwick and Monash Warwick Professor in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University.

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tippetRandell-Moon, Holly, Tippet, Ryan (Eds.) Security, Race, Biopower. Essays on Technology and Corporeality, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

This book explores how technologies of media, medicine, law and governance enable and constrain the mobility of bodies within geographies of space and race. Each chapter describes and critiques the ways in which contemporary technologies produce citizens according to their statistical risk or value in an atmosphere of generalised security, both in relation to categories of race, and within the new possibilities for locating and managing bodies in space. The topics covered include: drone warfare, the global distribution of HIV-prevention drugs, racial profiling in airports, Indigenous sovereignty, consumer lifestyle apps and their ecological and labour costs, and anti-aging therapies.

Security, Race, Biopower makes innovative contributions to multiple disciplines and identifies emerging social and political concerns with security, race and risk that invite further scholarly attention. It will be of great interest to scholars and students in disciplinary fields including Media and Communication, Geography, Science and Technology Studies, Political Science and Sociology.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Death by Metadata: The Bioinformationalisation of Life and the Transliteration of Algorithms to Flesh
Pugliese, Joseph

Of Bodies, Borders, and Barebacking: The Geocorpographies of HIV
Pocius, Joshua

Body, Crown, Territory: Geocorpographies of the British Monarchy and White Settler Sovereignty
Randell-Moon, Holly

What Are You Doing Here? The Politics of Race and Belonging at the Airport
Kamaloni, Sunshine M.

Corporate Geocorpographies: Surveillance and Social Media Expansion
Tippet, Ryan

Everyday Modulation: Dataism, Health Apps, and the Production of Self-Knowledge
Nicholls, Brett

Invisible Bodies and Forgotten Spaces: Materiality, Toxicity, and Labour in Digital Ecologies
Taffel, Sy

Domesticating Drone Technologies: Commercialisation, Banalisation, and Reconfiguring ‘Ways of Seeing’
Phan, Thao (et al.)

The Somatechnics of Desire and the Biopolitics of Ageing
Fletcher, David-Jack

Securing Sovereignty: Private Property, Indigenous Resistance, and the Rhetoric of Housing
Kramer, Jillian

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fargeDisorderly Families: Infamous Letters from the Bastille Archives
By Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault
Edited by Nancy Luxon
Translated by Thomas Scott-Railton
University of Minnesota Press | 344 pages | January 2017
ISBN 978-0-8166-9534-8 | jacketed cloth | $35.00

First published in French in 1982, this first English translation of Disorderly Families contains ninety-four letters collected by Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault from ordinary families who submitted complaints to the king of France in the eighteenth century to intervene and resolve their family disputes. Together, these letters offer unusual insight into the infamies of daily life.

“An enlightening compilation that will leave historically inclined readers wanting to dig a little further into the archives.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Expertly edited, this thoughtful translation of Disorderly Families adds a central pillar to the English archive of Michel Foucault’s work. A source of fascination for him since at least the 1950s, the Bastille lettres de cachets deeply influenced and shaped his analysis of power. As he discovered, these letters were what he and Arlette Farge would call a ‘popular practice,’ demanded from below, and not an arbitrary exercise of monarchical power—and they would become a key building block for Foucault’s theory of power-knowledge. This exceptional English translation gives life to Foucault’s—and Farge’s—subversive desire to breathe life into these beautiful, infamous, and obscure lives.” —Bernard E. Harcourt, Columbia University

Arlette Farge is Director of Research in Modern History at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris and the author of more than a dozen books, including Fragile Lives and The Allure of the Archives.

Michel Foucault (1926–1984) was a French philosopher and held the Chair in the History of Systems of Thought at the Collège de France. He is often considered the most influential political theorist of the second half of the twentieth century. His most notable works include History of Madness, Discipline and Punish, and The History of Sexuality, among others.

Nancy Luxon is associate professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Crisis of Authority: Politics, Trust, and Truth-Telling in Freud and Foucault.

Thomas Scott-Railton is a freelance French–English translator living in Brooklyn, New York, and previously translated Arlette Farge’s The Allure of the Archive.
For more information, including the table of contents, visit the book’s webpage:

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obsolete-capitalismObsolete Capitalism, Acceleration, Revolution and Money in Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus

Translated by Letizia Rustichelli and Ettore Lancellotti, Revised by Edmund Berger Anti-copyright, August 2016, Rizosfera/Obsolete Capitalism, Creative Commons 4.0. ISBN 9788875591007- 2

The book series entitled «The Strong of the Future» deals with accelerationist philosophy, in particular with the thought based on Nietzsche, Klossowski and Acéphale magazine, Deleuze and Guattari, Foucault and Lyotard.

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“In the famous introduction of the American edition of the volume Anti-Oedipus (1977) Foucault defined Deleuze and Guattari’s book as an introduction to a non-fascist life (Introduction à la vie non-fasciste). He referred to it as to an ethical work conceived to fight the most strategic enemy, namely fascism, as well as a way to experience a new life amended from the worst cancer. The real question is: which behaviour shall one conduct to avoid becoming fascist? The essay represents a work of «Ars politica» of resistance that could be openly defined as anti-fascist. What is then the difference between non-fascist and anti-fascist? Which revolutionary path for a non-fascist world? To answer these and other questions from a diverging position of the traditional Left, the essay “Acceleration, Revolution and Money in Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus” inspects and investigates the accelerationist politics that Foucault, Klossowski, Deleuze and Guattari activated in the 70s. Such accelerationist «ars politica» is destined to continue radically changing the nature of the Left in XXI century.”

Chapter I
The Locus classicus of the contemporary accelerationist movement: Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-OEdipus

Chapter II
The morning acceleration: a headless revolution

Chapter III
For an Erotica of the Revolution

Chapter IV
The infinite money: desire, value and simulacrum

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biopoliticsThe Routledge Handbook of Biopolitics
Edited by Sergei Prozorov, Simona Rentea, Forthcoming 2017 – Routledge

About the Book

The problematic of biopolitics has become increasingly important in the social sciences. Inaugurated by Michel Foucault’s genealogical research on the governance of sexuality, crime and mental illness in modern Europe, the research on biopolitics has developed into a broader interdisciplinary orientation, addressing the rationalities of power over living beings in diverse spatial and temporal contexts.

The development of the research on biopolitics in recent years has been characterized by two tendencies: the increasingly sophisticated theoretical engagement with the idea of power over and the government of life that both elaborated and challenged the Foucauldian canon (e.g. the work of Giorgio Agamben, Antonio Negri, Roberto Esposito and Paolo Virno) and the detailed and empirically rich investigation of the concrete aspects of the government of life in contemporary societies. Unfortunately, the two tendencies have often developed in isolation from each other, resulting in the presence of at least two debates on biopolitics: the historico-philosophical and the empirical one. This Handbook brings these two debates together, combining theoretical sophistication and empirical rigour.

The volume is divided into five sections. While the first two deal with the history of the concept and contemporary theoretical debates on it, the remaining three comprise the prime sites of contemporary interdisciplinary research on biopolitics: economy, security and technology. Featuring previously unpublished articles by the leading scholars in the field, this wide-ranging and accessible companion will both serve as an introduction to the diverse research on biopolitics for undergraduate students and appeal to more advanced audiences interested in the current state of the art in biopolitics studies.

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seymourChildren’s Spatialities: Embodiment, Emotion and Agency
Editors: Seymour, Julie, Hackett, Abigail, Procter, Lisa (Eds.)
Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

This book as the foreword states ‘takes up Foucault’s challenge to “examine the critical power of space and place in being and becoming of children’s lives’.

Drawing from a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, architecture and geography, and international contributors, this volume offers both students and scholars with an interest in the interdisciplinary study of childhood a range of ways of thinking spatially about children’s lives.

Table of contents (11 chapters)
Introduction: Spatial Perspectives and Childhood Studies
Hackett, Abigail (et al.)
Pages 1-17

Knowing the World Through Your Body: Children’s Sensory Experiences and Making of Place
Mackley, Kerstin Leder (et al.)
Pages 21-38

The Place of Time in Children’s Being
Curtis, Elizabeth
Pages 39-53

Making the ‘Here’ and ‘Now’: Rethinking Children’s Digital Photography with Deleuzian Concepts
Sakr, Mona (et al.)
Pages 54-74

Children’s Embodied Entanglement and Production of Space in a Museum
Hackett, Abigail
Pages 75-92

Children’s Emotional Geographies: Politics of Difference and Practices of Engagement
Blazek, Matej
Pages 95-111

Reconceptualising Children’s Play: Exploring the Connections Between Spaces, Practices and Emotional Moods
Karoff, Helle Skovbjerg
Pages 112-127

‘No, You’ve Done It Once!’: Children’s Expression of Emotion and Their School-Based Place-Making Practices
Procter, Lisa
Pages 128-143

Approaches to Children’s Spatial Agency: Reviewing Actors, Agents and Families
Seymour, Julie
Pages 147-162

Children and Young People’s Spatial Agency
Woolley, Helen
Pages 163-177

A Proper Place for a Proper Childhood? Children’s Spatiality in a Play Centre
Satta, Caterina
Pages 178-197

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