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Ariel Handel and Hilla Dayan, Multilayered surveillance in Israel/Palestine: Dialectics of inclusive exclusion, Surveillance and Society, Vol 15 No 3/4 (2017): Surveillance and the Global Turn to Authoritarianism

The paper examines the surveillance apparatuses in Israel/Palestine as mechanisms aiming to secure support for the Israeli regime, and to preserve its domination over the entire territory in dispute. We analyze three layers of surveillance: “exclusionary surveillance” towards Palestinians; “normalizing surveillance” towards Jewish-Israeli citizens; and finally, “globalizing surveillance” using Zionist constituencies as agents for building a “domain of defense” for Israel in their own countries. Taking into consideration these power and surveillance dispositives we draw insights on the global authoritarian turn and suggest a post-Foucauldian transnational approach to the study of the relations between surveillance, socialization, and subjectification processes.

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Julia Toynbee Lagoutte, Getting personal: how biosecurity gets under our skin., Green European Journal Volume 15, April 2017
Review of Frédéric Gros’s book Le Principe Sécurité (The Security Principle, 2012).

The term security has acquired such breadth and been remoulded so often that it can start to seem meaningless. It is the mantra that will be invoked to justify human rights infringements or to start a war, but also the term that includes ‘climate’ and ‘energy’ issues. How does it encompass so much and why does it mobilise such power? A book review of Frédéric Gros’s book which outlines the mind-changing concept of biosecurity.

Looking at the word afresh is a guaranteed result of Frédéric Gros’s book Le Principe Sécurité (The Principle Security, 2012). Gros is a French philosopher, Michel Foucault expert, and author of the bestseller A Philosophy of Walking (2014). No less intellectually stimulating and philosophical for being a readable ride through history, Gros sets out a Foucauldian-style genealogy of the concept of security. He sets out what he calls its four main usages, contextualising them within their historic Western origins, and ending with biosecurity (a nascent, under-theorised Foucauldian concept that Gros defines anew).

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Barker, D., Quennerstedt, M.
Power and group work in physical education: A Foucauldian perspective
(2017) European Physical Education Review, 23 (3), pp. 339-353.

DOI: 10.1177/1356336X15620716

Group work is used in physical education (PE) to encourage student-directed, collaborative learning. Aligned with this aim, group work is expected to shift some power from teacher to students and enable students to make decisions and co-construct meaning on their own. There are, however, very few investigations focusing on power in group work situations in PE, with most research focusing on learning and content. Assumptions about the nature of power and its mechanisms have been largely implicit. The purpose of this paper was consequently to explore power relations in PE group work. To do this, we have drawn primarily on observational data of three groups working together to choreograph a dance performance in a Swedish PE lesson. A small amount of pre- and post-lesson interview material is used as a complementary data source. Michel Foucault’s notion of power as action-on-action is used to identify different types of power relations in this group work. Four specific kinds of relations are presented concerning: (1) the students’ task; (2) other cultures; (3) gender; and (4) interactions with one another. These relations suggest that power relations are not simply created locally between group members, nor are power relations only a function of the members’ proficiency in the task. In these respects, the results encourage a reconsideration of learning in group work and open up new avenues for further research. The paper is concluded with practical considerations that relate to common assumptions about student power, teacher authority and the potential benefit of ambiguous tasks in group work. © 2016, © The Author(s) 2016.

Author Keywords
Foucault; Group work; interaction; power relations

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Öhman, M.
Losing touch – Teachers’ self-regulation in physical education
(2017) European Physical Education Review, 23 (3), pp. 297-310.

DOI: 10.1177/1356336X15622159

The question of physical interaction is especially relevant in school physical education, where a lot of the teaching and activities are based on body movements. However, the issue of ‘touching’ has been questioned in recent years. This paper takes its starting point in the discourse of child protection and the growing anxiety around intergenerational touch in educational settings. The purpose is to examine PE teachers’ self-regulation in relation to the child protection discourse and no touch policies. What sort of strategies have the teachers developed for dealing with physical contact in their teaching? It is a matter of problematising teachers’ pedagogical interactions in PE practice. The study takes its starting point in a discourse-analytical tradition using a methodology based on Foucault’s ideas about governmentality. Twenty-three teachers (10 women and 13 men) aged 30–63 and at different stages in their careers were interviewed. The results show two different self-regulating processes: (1) adaptation using avoidance-oriented strategies and (2) resistance using downplaying-oriented strategies. The paper discusses potential consequences for PE teachers’ pedagogical work if they feel that they have to protect themselves instead of operating in a way that is in the best interest for students’ learning and development. The study aims to contribute to the literature on child protection and ‘no touch’ policies and to a more multifaceted understanding of physical interaction in PE. © 2016, © The Author(s) 2016.

Author Keywords
Foucault; Physical education; physical interaction; self-regulation; touching

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Silverman, D.L.
Boundaries: Bourgeois Belgium and “tentacular” modernism
(2017) Modern Intellectual History, pp. 1-24. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1017/S1479244317000245

The sweep, originality, and plenitude of Jerrold Seigel’s work have transformed our field. His prolific and creative scholarship encompasses the history of ideas, the history of cultural forms, and the history of intellectuals, areas typically examined separately as coherent and discrete sections of intellectual history. I have been reading Seigel for many years now, assigned his texts in my classes, and watched students come alive as they encounter his Marx, his Bohemia, his Baudelaire, his Foucault, his Simmel. My own research and writing have been deeply influenced by key ideas generated in Seigel’s body of work, testing and contesting, for example, his project of historicizing subjectivity and identity in modern Europe. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2017

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Foucault Studies
Number 23: August 2017: Discipline and Punish Today

Table of Contents


Sverre Raffnsøe et al.

Special Issue on Discipline and Punish Today

Jörg Bernardy, Frieder Vogelmann
Susanne Krasmann
Tobias Matzner
Petra Gehring
Thomas Biebricher
Philipp Wüschner


Nancy Ettlinger
Brooke M. Beloso

Book Reviews

Amy Allen, The Politics of Ourselves: Power, Autonomy and Gender in Contemporary Critical The-ory (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013), ISBN: 978-0-231-13622-8
Mujde Erdinc
Kyle Harper, From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity (Cambridge Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2013), ISBN: 978-0674660014
Suzanne Verderber
Wendy Brown, Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution (New York: Zone Books, 2015) ISBN 978-1-935408-53-6
Oscar Leonard Larsson
Bruce Moghtader, Foucault and Educational Ethics (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) ISBN 978-1-137-57495-4
Samantha Wesch

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Rodden, J.
The Intellectual Species: Evolution or Extinction?
(2017) Society, 54 (4), pp. 352-354.

DOI: 10.1007/s12115-017-0151-8

John Rodden summarizes the thrust of his work on modern intellectual life, the theme of which is that the uncertain future of the “intellectual species“ warrants extended attention because it is inextricably tied to the ultimate fate of the critical intellectual itself. He presents himself as an aspirant to membership in the tradition of the literary-political intellectual represented by such writers as George Orwell, Albert Camus, Lionel Trilling, and Irving Howe. Their example confronts him with the question around which his own writings orbit, as the title of his essay poses it: “The Intellectual Species: Evolution or Extinction. © 2017, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Author Keywords
“egghead” intellectual; “loose-fish” intellectual; Alfred Kazin; Dwight Macdonald; Ellen Willis; Ernst Bloch; George Orwell; George Scialabba; Irving Howe; John Lukacs; Karl Mannheim; Lewis Feuer; Lionel Trilling; Maureen Corrigan; Michel Foucault; Michelle Goldberg; Neal Gabler; public intellectual; Rick Perlstein; Robert Havemann; Scott McLemee

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