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Jørgensen, D.
Rethinking rewilding
(2015) Geoforum, 65, pp. 482-488.

DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.11.016

The term ‘rewilding’ sounds as if it should have a straightforward meaning ‘to make wild again’. But in truth the term has a complex history and a host of meanings have been ascribed to it. Rewilding as a specific scientific term has its beginnings as a reference to the Wildlands Project, which was founded in 1991 and aimed to create North American core wilderness areas without human activity that would be connected by corridors. Words, however, do not stand still-they change over time and take on new meanings, while sometimes simultaneously retaining the older sense. Employing Foucault’s idea of historical genealogy, this article examines how the term rewilding was historically adopted and modified in ecological scientific discourse over the last two decades. This investigation probes what and, by extension, when and where, rewilding refers to as it has moved into various geographies across the globe. It then examines how the term has moved outside of science and been adopted by environmental activists as a plastic word. Taken as a whole, rewilding discourse seeks to erase human history and involvement with the land and flora and fauna. Such an attempted split between nature and culture may prove unproductive and even harmful. A more inclusive rewilding is a preferable strategy. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Author Keywords
Ecological restoration; Environmental discourse; Historical genealogy; Plastic words; Science communication; Wilderness

Index Keywords
adaptive management, environmental planning, fauna, flora, restoration ecology, strategic approach, wildlife management; North America

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Beer, D.
The social power of algorithms
(2016) Information Communication and Society, pp. 1-13. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2016.1216147

This article explores the questions associated with what might be thought of as the social power of algorithms. The article, which introduces a special issue on the same topic, begins by reflecting on how we might approach algorithms from a social scientific perspective. The article is then split into two sections. The first deals with the issues that might be associated with an analysis of the power of the algorithms themselves. This section outlines a series of issues associated with the functionality of the algorithms and how these functions are powerfully deployed within social world. The second section then focuses upon the notion of the algorithm. In this section, the article argues that we need to look beyond the algorithms themselves, as a technical and material presence, to explore how the notion or concept of the algorithm is also an important feature of their potential power. In this section, it is suggested that we look at the way that notions of the algorithm are evoked as a part of broader rationalities and ways of seeing the world. Exploring the notion of the algorithm may enable us to see how algorithms also play a part in social ordering processes, both in terms of how the algorithm is used to promote certain visions of calculative objectivity and also in relation to the wider governmentalities that this concept might be used to open up. © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Author Keywords
Algorithm; big data; code; Foucault; power; software

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gdsh_043_l204Daniele Lorenzini, Pierre Hadot (1922/2010) et Michel Foucault (1926/1984) – La culture de soiLa philosophie, un art de vivre, Les Grands Dossiers des Sciences Humaines, 2016/6 (N° 43)

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Qu’est-ce que la philosophie ? En posant cette question, dans un article intitulé « La philosophie est-elle un luxe ? », Pierre Hadot remarque que le plus souvent les non-philosophes considèrent la philosophie comme un discours abstrus et abstrait, développé par quelques privilégiés pour répondre à des questions incompréhensibles et sans intérêt. La philosophie serait donc un vain bavardage, infiniment…

Antiquité Foucault philosophie Hadot histoire de la philosophie Lorenzini

Plan de l’article
La philosophie : discours ou mode de vie ?
Pierre Hadot et les exercices spirituels
Michel Foucault : techniques de soi et esthétique de l’existence
Actualité de la philosophie antique ?

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Jiménez, M.A., Valle, A.M.
Pedagogy and the care of the self: A reading from Foucault
(2016) Educational Philosophy and Theory, pp. 1-8. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2016.1204736

This text reflects about the need to consider an additional institutional alternative that matters, not only to the ones that advocate for pedagogy, but also to all of those involved in different educational processes. It is, so to speak, a Paideia that privileges the care of the self as a substantial value, and, as such, it is not dedicated to a unique moment on people’s lives and it does not correspond to a specific institution, but to the universal and singular spirit of the human affairs. © 2016 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia

Author Keywords
Care of the self; pedagogy; subject-truth

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cultural-historyRevisiting The History of Sexuality: Thinking with Foucault at Forty, Guest edited by Howard Chiang, Cultural History, Volume 5, Issue 2, October, 2016


Revisiting Foucault: Thinking with The History of Sexuality at Forty
Howard Chiang

‘The Party with God’: Michel Foucault, the Gay Left and the Work of Theory
Steven Maynard

Sex and Truth: Foucault’s History of Sexuality as History of Truth
Marek Tamm

Nous autres, victoriens: Punctuation, Power and Politics in Foucault’s History of Sexuality
Patrick Singy

The History of Sexuality and Historical Methodology
Andrew E. Clark-Huckstep

Acts or Identities? Rethinking Foucault on Homosexuality
Umberto Grassi


Elaine Jeffreys with Haiqing Yu, Sex in China
Hongwei Bao

Joseph A. Boone, The Homoerotics of Orientalism
Eng-Beng Lim

Donna J. Drucker, The Classification of Sex: Alfred Kinsey and the Organization of Knowledge
Carrie Pitzulo

Robert Beachy, Gay Berlin: The Birthplace of a Modern Identity
Christopher Ewing

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Michael Ashworth, Affective Governmentality. Governing Through Disgust in Uganda, Social & Legal Studies, September 23, 2016
doi: 10.1177/0964663916666630

This article questions the extent to which calculable numbers are indispensable to the government of conduct. By focusing on the role played by disgust in the government of sexual minorities in Uganda, it provides an account of government by emotion, or affective governmentality. This article draws on the literature on disgust, appropriating elements from the various disciplines and perspectives and bringing them under a Foucauldian umbrella. It explores two techniques through which attempts were made to arouse disgust: the sermon and the tabloid exposé. Although such techniques were performed by agents who operated beyond the state, this article contends that the emergence of the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014 cannot be accounted for without considering the role played by disgust.

Affect Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009 Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014 disgust Foucault LGBT sexual minorities techniques of government Uganda

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Hörberg, U., Dahlberg, K.
Caring potentials in the shadows of power, correction, and discipline-Forensic psychiatric care in the light of the work of Michel Foucault
(2015) International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 10, art. no. 28703.

DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v10.28703

The aim of this article is to shed light on contemporary forensic psychiatric care through a philosophical examination of the empirical results from two lifeworld phenomenological studies from the perspective of patients and carers, by using the French philosopher Michel Foucault’s historical-philosophical work. Both empirical studies were conducted in a forensic psychiatric setting. The essential results of the two empirical studies were reexamined in a phenomenological meaning analysis to form a new general structure in accordance with the methodological principles of Reflective Lifeworld Research. This general structure shows how the caring on the forensic psychiatric wards appears to be contradictory, in that it is characterized by an unreflective (non-)caring attitude and contributes to an inconsistent and insecure existence. The caring appears to have a corrective approach and thus lacks a clear caring structure, a basic caring approach that patients in forensic psychiatric services have a great need of. To gain a greater understanding of forensic psychiatric caring, the new empirical results were further examined in the light of Foucault’s historical-philosophical work. The philosophical examination is presented in terms of the three meaning constituents: Caring as correction and discipline, The existence of power, and Structures and culture in care. The philosophical examination illustrates new meaning nuances of the corrective and disciplinary nature of forensic psychiatric care, its power, and how this is materialized in caring, and what this does to the patients. The examination reveals embedded difficulties in forensic psychiatric care and highlights a need to revisit the aim of such care. © 2015 U. Hörberg & K. Dahlberg.

Author Keywords
Caring science; Forensic psychiatric care; Foucault; Philosophical examination

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