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Thörn, H.
Politics of responsibility: governing distant populations through civil society in Mozambique, Rwanda and South Africa
(2016) Third World Quarterly, 37 (8), pp. 1505-1523.

DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2015.1136207

This article presents and analyses the findings of a research project on power relations in the context of development partnerships with civil society on HIV/AIDS in Mozambique, Rwanda and South Africa, and engages in a critical dialogue with governmentality analysis. It argues that contemporary neoliberal government needs to be understood as context-specific articulations of three forms of power discussed by Foucault – sovereignty, discipline and biopower – and, in the global domain, a fourth form of power – (new) imperialism. Further, the analysis demonstrates how the introduction of a ‘package of (de-)responsibilisation’ shapes CSOs’ activities so that they become competitive service providers, use evidence-based methods and produce measurable results. Addressing the issue of resistance, it shows how the transfer of responsibilities may involve tension and struggle – a politics of responsibility. © 2016 Southseries Inc., http://www.thirdworldquarterly.com.

Author Keywords
civil society; development partnerships; global governance; Global governmentality; international aid; sub-Saharan Africa

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Fathallah, J.
‘Except that Joss Whedon is god’: fannish attitudes to statements of author/ity
(2016) International Journal of Cultural Studies, 19 (4), pp. 459-476.

DOI: 10.1177/1367877914537589

Early internet and fan studies theorists believed the New Media context and work of the active fan would bring theories like the Death of the Author to fruition. Contemporary fan studies scholars are more reserved, acknowledging diversity in fan attitudes. Through analysis of a LiveJournal article with comments on authors’ views concerning fanfiction, this article demonstrates the paradoxical investment in various forms of authorial authority espoused across fan communities, as well as defiance and repudiation of them. I argue that while the authors quoted are denied legitimate authority through various tactics, the concept of an originating, proprietary authorship, with attendant capitalist powers and rights, retains much influence. The concept of the author holds more power than the individual figures attempting to wield it, and fans attribute or deny the power of authorship to particular figures according to their public personas and cultural politics. In this sense, fans may withhold or bestow legitimation through the operation of Foucault’s author-function, interpreting text and statements of authority through the public persona of the author. © 2014, © The Author(s) 2014.

Author Keywords
audience; author; authority; Barthes; fan studies; fanfiction; Foucault

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Chang, H.-C.
The normalisation of body gifting in Taiwan
(2016) BioSocieties, 11 (2), pp. 135-151.

DOI: 10.1057/biosoc.2015.29

The Tzu Chi Foundation has made body gifting, such as body donation, bone marrow donation and cord blood donation, successful in Taiwan. Using Foucault’s theoretical framework of governmentality and normalisation, this article discusses how a Buddhist charity, the Tzu Chi Foundation, normalises body gifting in Taiwan through their campaigns, system and philosophy. It argues that Buddhist discourses of karma create a ‘benefit-all altruism’ in body gifting. Furthermore, the emergence of the Tzu Chi Foundation in the last five decades has been a process of discipline and norm construction. The Tzu Chi Foundation, with its comprehensive missions, builds up an extensive network to spread their philosophy in different fields, from environmental protection and humanity education to medical care. The practice-oriented and community-based volunteer system helps the ‘giving’ ideology take root in the communities in Taiwan. Finally, through the media and the Internet, the effect goes beyond the institutional boundaries and reaches the public. © 2016 Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

Author Keywords
Body gifting; Foucault; Normalisation; Taiwan; Tzu Chi

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Andrew Hope, Governmentality and the ‘selling’ of school surveillance devices, The Sociological Review. Volume 63, Issue 4, pages 840–857, November 2015

DOI: 10.1111/1467-954X.12279

In late modernity there has been a massive growth in ‘new’ surveillance devices situated within schools. This paper explores the reasons behind this proliferation, considering the role of key protagonists and the promises made regarding these technologies. It is suggested that there is strong connection between notions of neoliberal governmentality (Foucault, 2008; Gane, 2012) and arguments relating to increased security, improved efficiency, the desirability of techno-surveillance devices and desensitization to pervasive monitoring. In particular, it is maintained that the devolution of state power, the marketization of education, increased responsibilization and the nature of observation in the viewer society all help to explain the emergence of ‘surveillance schools’. It is concluded that failure to recognize these new dynamics may result in schools quietly, subtly becoming experimental labs and then junkyards for our surveillance futures.


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María Alejandra Energici, Propuesta metodológica para un estudio de gubernamentalidad: Los procesos de subjetivación y los mecanismos de regulación poblacional como ejes de análisis para su abordaje empírico, Psicoperspectivas. Individuo y Sociedad, Vol. 15, No. 2 (2016)

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En 1982 Foucault definió una gubernamentalidad como el contacto entre las tecnologías de dominación de los demás y las referidas a uno mismo. Tomando dicha definición, el objetivo de este artículo es proponer una ruta metodológica para estudiar una gubernamentalidad específica atendiendo a las tecnologías propuestas por Foucault como ejes de análisis: las tecnologías de dominación de los demás son descritas como mecanismos de regulación poblacional y las referidas al sí mismo como procesos de subjetivación. En otras palabras, se propone dos grupos de prácticas sociales, o de mecanismos y procesos, para estudiar empíricamente una sociedad en términos de su razón gubernamental. A modo de ejemplo, se presenta la publicidad como un campo de estudio posible para dar cuenta de una gubernamentalidad dada. Trabajar desde los ejes de análisis propuestos, permite desarrollar investigaciones sobre la complejidad política actual, rescatando el método crítico y genealógico utilizado por Foucault.

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Luque-Ayala, A., Marvin, S.
The maintenance of urban circulation: An operational logic of infrastructural control
(2016) Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 34 (2), pp. 191-208.

DOI: 10.1177/0263775815611422

This paper examines the increased visibility of urban infrastructures occurring through a close coupling of information technologies and the selective integration of urban services. It asks how circulatory flow is managed in the contemporary city, by focusing on the emergence of new forms of governmentality associated with “smart” technologies. Drawing on Foucault’s governmentality, and based on a case study of Rio de Janeiro’s Operations Centre (COR), the paper argues that new understandings of the city are being developed, representing a new mode of urban infrastructure based on the partial and selective rebundling of splintered networks and fragmented urban space. The COR operates through a “un-black boxing” of urban infrastructures, where the extension of control room logics to the totality of the city points to their fragility and the continuous effort involved in their operational accomplishment. It also functions through a collapse in relations of control—of the everyday and the emergency—, which, enabled by the incorporation of the public in operational control, further raise public awareness of urban infrastructures. These characteristics point to a specific form of urban governmentality based on the operationalisation of infrastructural flows and the development of novel ways of seeing and engaging with the city. © 2015, © The Author(s) 2015.

Author Keywords

black boxing; Control rooms; infrastructure; smart city; urban flows; urban governmentality

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Foucault Studies
Number 21: June 2016: Counter-Conduct

Table of Contents


Editorial PDF
Sverre Raffnsøe et al. 1-2

Special Issue on Counter-Conduct

Introduction: Counter-Conduct PDF
Sam Binkley, Barbara Cruikshank 3-6
From Counter-Conduct to Critical Attitude: Michel Foucault and the Art of Not Being Governed Quite So Much PDF
Daniele Lorenzini 7-21
Foucault Among the Stoics: Oikeiosis and Counter-Conduct PDF
James F. Depew 22-51
Rituals of Conduct and Counter-Conduct PDF
Corey McCall 52-79
The Counter-Conduct of Medieval Hermits PDF
Christopher Roman 80-97
Revisiting the Omnes et Singulatim Bond: The Production of Irregular Conducts and the Biopolitics of the Governed PDF
Martina Tazzioli 98-116


Foucault and the Madness of Classifying Our Madness PDF
Drew Ninnis 117-137
Towards a Foucauldian Urban Political Ecology of water: Rethinking the hydro-social cy-cle and scholars’ critical engagement PDF
Paola Rattu, René Véron 138-158
The Nineteenth Century in Ruins: A Genealogy of French Historical Epistemology PDF
David M. Peña-Guzmán 159-183
Beyond the Analytic of Finitude: Kant, Heidegger, Foucault PDF
J. Colin McQuillan 184-199


What is Psychology? PDF
David M. Peña-Guzmán 200-213
Foucault: The Materiality of a Working Life An interview with Daniel Defert by Alain Brossat, assisted by Philippe Chevallier PDF
Colin Gordon 214-230

Review Essay

New Books “By” Foucault PDF
Timothy O’Leary 231-237

Book Reviews

Review of Torben Bech Dyrberg, Foucault on the Politics of Parrhesia (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), i-vi, 1-141, electronic £36.99 (UK), ISBN: 978-1-137-36835-5 PDF
Martin Paul Eve 238-240
Martin Heidegger, Bremen and Freiburg Lectures: Insight Into That Which Is and Basic Principles of Thinking, Translated by Andrew J. Mitchell (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012), ISBN: 978-0-253-00231-0 PDF
Eric Guzzi 241-244
Brian Lightbody, Philosophical Genealogy I: An epistemological reconstruction of Nietzsche and Foucault’s Genealogical Method (New York: Peter Lang Publishing Inc., 2010). PDF
Eric Guzzi 245-247
Lynne Huffer, Are the Lips a Grave? A Queer Feminist on the Ethics of Sex (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013), ISBN: 978-0-231-16417-7 PDF
Sarah Hansen 248-252
James D. Faubion (ed.), Foucault Now: Current Perspectives in Foucault Studies (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014), ISBN-13: 978-0-7456-6378-4. PDF
Denise Mifsud 253-258
Jean-Francois Bert and Elisabetta Basso (eds.), Foucault à Münsterlingen; À l’origine de l’Histoire de la folie, Avec des photographies de Jacqueline Verdeaux (Paris: Éditions de l’école des hautes études en sciences sociales, 2015) PDF
Sverre Raffnsøe 259-261
Mark G.E. Kelly, Foucault’s History of Sexuality Volume I; The Will to Knowledge (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013), vi-ix, 1-150, ISBN 978-0-7486-4889-4. PDF
Max Rosenkrantz 262-266
Antonella Cutro, Technique et vie: biopolitique et philosophie du bios dans la pensée de Michel Foucault (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2010), ISBN: 978-2-296-54085-9. PDF
Samuel Talcott 267-271
Nadine Ehlers, Racial Imperatives: Discipline, Performativity, and Struggles Against Subjection (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012), 185 pages. PDF
R. D. Wood 272-274

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