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Daniele Lorenzini Martina Tazzioli, Confessional Subjects and Conducts of Non-Truth: Foucault, Fanon, and the Making of the Subject, Theory, Culture and Society, First Published January 1, 2016

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Abstract
This article puts Michel Foucault and Frantz Fanon into dialogue in order to explore the relationships between the constitution of subjects and the production of truth in modern Western societies as well as in colonial spaces. Firstly, it takes into account Foucault’s analysis of confessional practices and the effects of subjection, objectivation, and subjectivation generated by the injunction for the subject to tell the truth about him or herself. Secondly, it focuses on the question of interpellation that emerges in the colonial context and on the colonized who, as Fanon illustrates, is always seen as a deceitful subject. Finally, it shows that, despite the difference in the relationships between the constitution of subjectivity and the production of true discourses described by Foucault and Fanon, the transformative dimension enacted by the processes of subjectivation and by the practices of resistance constitutes a shared conceptual and political ground between the two authors.

Keywords confession, Fanon, Foucault, subjectivation, truth

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Avelino, N.
Confissão e normatividade política: controle da subjetividade e produção do sujeito
(2017) Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais, 32 (93), pp. 1-22.

DOI: 10.17666/329304/2017

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Abstract
This article discusses the displacement in Foucault’s analysis of confession, trying to demonstrate how the focus of analysis goes from mandatory language forms to reflexive and voluntary forms. A possible link between confession and governmentality is proposed in order to think about the production of the political subject. From the reflections of Agamben, on the officium and the ontological device, and Esposito, on the machine of theology-politics and the person’s device, the goal here is to understand the theoretical origin and the modus operandi of obedience in liberal political practice. Retaking the subject-subjection dialectic outlined in the Foucault, Agamben and Esposito’s analysis, as well as the reflections of Philip Pettit and William Connolly on Hobbes and Rawls, this article presents the political subject not as a thinking agent, but as thought object and as the condition of possibility of the Political Theory.

Keywords: Confession; Oath; Subjectivity; Veridiction; Political Theory.

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Nildo Avelino, Foucault e a racionalidade (neo)liberal, (2016) Revista Brasileira de Ciência Política, 21, pp. 229-286.

Avelino, N.
Foucault and (neo)liberal rationality
DOI: 10.1590/0103-335220162107

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Resumo
O artigo aborda o debate em torno da reflexão de Michel Foucault acerca do liberalismo e do neoliberalismo. Apresenta de maneira critica alguns trabalhos recentes, na França e nos EUA, que têm concluído sobre a existência de afinidades, especialmente teóricas, entre Foucault e o neoliberalismo, apontando suas fragilidades metodológicas. Procura, em seguida, evidenciar a especificidade genealógica que caracteriza a análise foucaultiana em relação às abordagens concernidas com a denúncia ideológica ou com a valorização ideal do liberalismo. Retoma particularmente os estudos da governamentalidade a partir dos quais Foucault realizou uma descrição histórica do liberalismo e do neoliberalismo em termos de racionalidade governamental. Apresenta-se um quadro sintético da economia de poder liberal na análise foucaultiana em que se verifica a superposição de três racionalidades historicamente localizáveis: razão de Estado, poder pastoral, biopoder. O artigo termina com uma leitura das diferenças entre o liberalismo econômico e o neoliberalismo e as implicações de cada um deles no exercício do poder político.

Palavras-chave: liberalismo; neoliberalismo; governamentalidade; racionalidade; crítica

Abstract
The article discusses the debate about Michel Foucault’s reflection on liberalism and neoliberalism. It presents critically some recent works in France and the USA that has concluded about the existence of affinities, especially theoretical, between Foucault and neoliberalism, pointing out its methodological fragilities. It then seeks to evidence the genealogical specificity that characterizes the Foucaultian analysis in relation at approaches concerned with a kind of ideological denunciation or ideal valuation of liberalism. It particularly retakes the studies of governmentality from which Foucault describes a historical account of liberalism and neoliberalism in terms of governmental rationality. It presents a synthetic figure of the liberal economy of power in the Foucauldian analysis, in which there is a superposition of three historically localizable rationalities: state reason, pastoral power, biopower. The article ends with a reading of the differences between economic liberalism and neoliberalism and the implications of each of them in the exercise of political power.

Keywords: liberalism; neoliberalism; governmentality; rationality; critique.

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Jordi Collet-Sabé,‘I do not like what I am becoming but…’: transforming the identity of head teachers in Catalonia, Journal of Education Policy, Volume 32, 2017 – Issue 2. Pages 141-158 | Received 23 Nov 2015, Accepted 22 Oct 2016, Published online: 05 Nov 2016

DOI: 10.1080/02680939.2016.1253873

Abstract
The aim of this article is to elucidate how a new system of school and teacher assessment in Catalonia is transforming the conceptions, practices and identity of head teachers, especially younger ones. It begins by considering the impact of global neoliberal policies on educational practices, highlighting their Foucauldian productive nature. It then examines the educational context of Catalonia during the last 30 years, emphasising the changing role of head teachers and the impact of neoliberal governance. This is followed by an account and analysis of in-depth interviews with four head teachers, focusing especially on how the head teacher’s objectives, practices and identities are being transformed, or produced, as a result of the new neoliberal ‘assessment regime’. It ends with a discussion on the importance of refusal and resistance to this process and the need to reconsider basic educational and social questions.

Keywords: Head teacher identity, school assessment, New Public Management, OECD, school governance

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cover_issue_703_en_usFoucault News
Number 22: January 2017:
Foucault and Roman Antiquity: Foucault’s Rome

Editor’s note: I have now returned to the journal, of which I was one of the co-founders, as part of an expanded editorial team. An interview with another of the three founding editors of the journal, Stuart Elden, also appears in this issue, as does a review of his latest book. The opening editorial states:

With this issue of Foucault Studies, a new and markedly expanded editorial team takes over. While Sverre Raffnsøe, Alain Beaulieu, Barbara Cruikshank, Knut Ove Eliassen, Marius GudmandHøyer, Johanna Oksala and Alan Rosenberg continue on the editorial team, Foucault Studies is delighted to welcome Thomas Götselius, Daniele Lorenzini, Hernan Camilo Pulido Martinez, Clare O’Farrell, Rodrigo Castro Orellana, Eva Bendix Petersen and Dianna Taylor as co-editors.

Table of contents

Special Issue on Foucault and Roman Antiquity: Foucault’s Rome

Introduction: Foucault’s Rome
Richard Alston

Lucan, Reception, Counter-history
Ika Willis

Foucault, Sovereignty, and Governmentality in the Roman Republic
Dean Hammer

The Augustan Principate and the Emergence of Biopolitics: A Comparative Historical Perspective
Shreyaa Bhatt

Foucault’s Empire of the Free
Richard Alston

Time for Foucault? Reflections on the Roman Self from Seneca to Augustine
James I. Porter

Articles
From Race War to Socialist Racism: Foucault’s Second Transcription
Verena Erlenbusch

Foucault and Weber on Leadership and the Modern Subject
Tahseen Kazi

Protestation and Mobilization in the Middle East and North Africa: A Foucauldian Model
Navid Pourmokhtari

Translations
Cuvier’s Situation in the History of Biology
Lynne Huffer

Interviews
Foucault and Intellectual History: An interview with Stuart Elden on his book Foucault’s Last Decade (Polity Press, 2016)
Antoinette Koleva

Julian Reid on Foucault – applying his work on war, resilience, imagination and political subjectivity
Kristian Haug

Book Reviews
Stuart Elden, Foucault’s Last Decade (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2016), 272pp, pb £17.99, ISBN: 9780745683928
Kurt Borg

Paul Colilli, Agamben and the Signature of Astrology. Spheres of Potentiality (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015), i-xx, 214 pp. hard cover, $85.00 (US) ISBN: 978-1-4985-0595-6
Alain Beaulieu

Peter Sloterdijk, Philosophical Temperaments: From Plato to Foucault, trans. Thomas Dunlap (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013), ISBN: 978-0231153737
Jonathan G. Wald

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Lenneis, V., Pfister, G.
Health messages, middle-aged women and the pleasure of play
(2016) Annals of Leisure Research, pp. 1-20. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2016.1207091

Abstract
Western societies glorify youth and consider middle age as the onset of deterioration. The prevalent discourses on middle-aged women focus primarily on negative developments in their lives such as increased health risks after menopause. Little is known, however, about the lived experiences of this age group. In this article, we share information about the health- and ageing-related attitudes of women aged 45–55 years who took part in a physical activity intervention in Denmark. Drawing on Foucault’s concepts of disciplinary power and governmentality, we explored via 15 semi-structured interviews the women’s reasons for participation and their experiences with playing a team game. The interviews revealed that they had internalized the messages of ‘healthy ageing’ and felt guilty about their previous inactive lifestyle. However, their participation was also influenced by changing life circumstances. Now they had time to exercise and, contrary to previous experiences, they found that playing games provided pleasure. © 2016 Australia and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies

Author Keywords
ageing; Gender; leisure time physical activity; midlife; qualitative research

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History and Theory: Special Issue: Words, Things, and Beyond: Foucault’s Les mots et les choses at 50

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: FOUCAULT’S LES MOTS ET LES CHOSES AT 50 (pages 3–6)
PETER E. GORDON

PHENOMENOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY IN FOUCAULT’S “INTRODUCTION TO BINSWANGER’S DREAM AND EXISTENCE“: A MIRROR IMAGE OF THE ORDER OF THINGS? (pages 7–22)
BÉATRICE HAN-PILE

VANISHING POINT: LES MOTS ET LES CHOSES, HISTORY, AND DIAGNOSIS (pages 23–34)
JEAN-CLAUDE MONOD

FOUCAULT’S ICONIC AFTERLIFE: THE POSTHUMOUS REACH OF WORDS AND THINGS (pages 35–53)
NANCY PARTNER

THE POLITICS OF THE ORDER OF THINGS: FOUCAULT, SARTRE, AND DELEUZE (pages 54–65)
GARY GUTTING
Version of Record online: 15 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/hith.10828

The Sixth Annual History and Theory Lecture
THE ORDER OF THINGS: AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF WHAT? (pages 66–81)
VINCENT DESCOMBES

UNEXPECTED AND VITAL CONTROVERSIES: FOUCAULT’S LES MOTS ET LES CHOSES IN ITS PHILOSOPHICAL MOMENT AND IN OURS (pages 82–92)
FRÉDÉRIC WORMS

NATURE AND THE IRRUPTIVE VIOLENCE OF HISTORY (pages 93–111)
JULIAN BOURG

MONSTERS AND PATIENTS: AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF MEDICINE, ISLAM, AND MODERNITY (pages 112–130)
AHMED RAGAB

OUT OF THEIR DEPTHS: “MORAL KINDS” AND THE INTERPRETATION OF EVIDENCE IN FOUCAULT’S MODERN EPISTEME (pages 131–147)
LAURA STARK

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