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Peeters, R. & Schuilenburg, M., The birth of mindpolitics: understanding nudging in public health policy, Social Theory & Health, 09 November 2016
DOI: 10.1057/s41285-016-0024-z

This article addresses the question: ‘In what ways have nudging and other behavioural techniques entered the realm of policymaking for public health and what does that mean for the way contemporary society is governed?’ In our genealogy of Dutch public health policy, we have identified four periods: ‘rational persuasion/individual responsibility’ (‘70s), ‘welfarist emancipation’ (‘80s), ‘neo-liberal regulation’ (‘90s), and ‘management of choice’ (now). We show how a different type of technique, which we call ‘mindpolitics’, has slowly complemented the biopolitics of public hygiene and health care. We argue that to think in terms of biopolitics today means to think of its relation to a world in which public health is managed through architecture of choice and the way individuals are nudged into making better decisions.

biopolitics, nudging, Foucault, public health, choice architecture

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Aquino, J.G.
Two premises and one general hypothesis for the analysis of the educational present
(2016) Educational Philosophy and Theory, pp. 1-9. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2016.1204733

Contemporary research in the field of Foucauldian studies on education have pointed to a growing imbrication between educational practises and neoliberal ideas. The problematization of such scenario would lead to two premises, grounded on a general hypothesis for the analysis of the educational present. The first premise: nowadays, the educational or, to be more precise, educationalizing practises—since they would not deal only with the schooling effort, but also with the diffusion of a great number of pedagogical initiatives of non-formal character—consists in an efficient rationality of governing of oneself and others. The second premise is that such educationalizing movement consists not only in the expression but also in the typical modus operandi of the current governmentalization processes, which aim at a large-scale administration of the multiplicity of populations now in terms of a lifelong educatibility for the citizens. These two premises sustain the hypothesis that the present educational practises do not restrict themselves to the mere condition of reiterative apparatus of imperatives extrinsic to them, but have in fact cemented themselves as a generative locus of the veridiction/subjectivization games capable of overrunning the whole social space. © 2016 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia

Author Keywords
educationalization; Foucault; Governmentality

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Frank Pignatelli , “Ethical Leadership Development as Care of the Self: A Foucauldian Perspective,” Schools 12, no. 2 (Fall 2015): 198-213.
DOI: 10.1086/683214

This essay addresses the care of the self as an important aspect in the development of educational leaders. It draws upon Michel Foucault’s analysis of power and its relationship to his understanding of ethics as a practice one cultivates and takes on in the interests of leadership development. Foucault’s work in these areas is timely for graduate school educators and others who work with aspiring leaders. Leadership in schools operates within a tightly organized web of surveillance where individual personhood and agency is constantly challenged and where compliance to regulatory systems looms. Leadership educators need to embrace educational leadership as an ethical enterprise encompassing both personal and professional development. They need to be intentional in their work with their students about opening up spaces for reflection and dialogue about how care of the self informs and supports their development as leaders.

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Angharad E. Beckett, Paul Bagguley & Tom Campbell, Foucault, social movements and heterotopic horizons: rupturing the order of things, Social Movement Studies, Pages 1-13 | Received 21 Jul 2015, Accepted 15 Jul 2016, Published online: 02 Nov 2016

doi: 10.1080/14742837.2016.1252666

In this article, we explore and develop the utility for social movement studies of Michel Foucault’s conceptualization of heterotopia. Informed by Foucault’s theorizing, we propose a heuristic typology of social movement heterotopias. Five heterotopia ‘types’ are considered: ‘contained’, ‘mobile’, ‘cloud’, ‘encounter’ and ‘rhizomic’. Each has particular attributes, but all challenge normal, routine politics. They do so by being, from the perspective of state and capital, either in the ‘wrong’ place, moving in the ‘wrong’ way, or involving the ‘wrong’ connections, affinities or organization. These are constructed-types, proposed for the purpose of description, comparison and prediction. These social movement heterotopias are different types of space that facilitate practices of resistance and transgression. We situate Foucault’s writing on heterotopia at a pivotal moment in his intellectual career, when he became increasingly concerned with how particular mechanisms for modulating the creative force of resistance/power are invented, the types of bodies they craft and the politics they make possible. We propose an interpretation of heterotopia that relates it to his later work on power, resistance and freedom, and the interplay of his ideas with those of Gilles Deleuze.

Keywords: Social movements, protest, resistance, Foucault, heterotopia

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Gallo, S.
The care of the self and biopolitics: Resistance and practices of freedom
(2016) Educational Philosophy and Theory, pp. 1-11. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2016.1204735

This text through the direct use to Foucault’s work and using the concepts of ‘care of the self’ and biopolitics is questioning and analyzing resistance and practices of freedom. Mainly, from the Foucault’s courses at the College de France and the methodological tools found there, here I present a discussion about Gilles Deleuze’s contributions to Foucault’s thought and I develop a dialog where I try to explain the concepts of domination, power, ethics, esthetics and the relationship of the self with himself. © 2016 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia

Author Keywords
biopolitics; Care of the self; practices of freedom; resistance

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Nasir, M.A.
Weighing Words: On the Governmentality of Free Speech
(2016) Social and Legal Studies, 25 (1), pp. 69-92.

DOI: 10.1177/0964663915586472

This article takes issue with those accounts of the right to freedom of expression that find a zero-sum game between power and freedom. It argues that by marking expression as a legal problematic, the right to freedom of expression regulates the force of an expression, and by doing so governs the (expressing qua juridical) subjects. When the question thus turns onto the subject, the subjects are required to be ‘free in specific ways’ in order to exercise their freedoms in an apt manner. In order to argue out these points, this article analyzes the case law of the right to freedom of expression from the theoretical lens of governmentality. The discussion begins by a reading of a set of cases brought before European Court of Human Rights: Sürek v. Turkey. Later, the dynamics of power and subjectivity are commented upon, by discussing the ways through which expressions merit a legally protected status. Finally, the article focuses on the complex interdependencies the right to freedom of expression form between an expressing subject and its juridical capacities on one hand, and between expressivity and the guarantor of this right on the other. © 2015, © The Author(s) 2015.

Author Keywords
European human rights law; Foucault; governmentality; subjectivity; the right to freedom of expression

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Hall, K.
Selfies and Self-Writing: Writing: Cue Card Confessions as Social Media Technologies of the Self
(2016) Television and New Media, 17 (3), pp. 228-242.

DOI: 10.1177/1527476415591221

This article explores the aesthetic genealogy of the cue card confession social media trope, where producers create a self-portrait or vlog featuring handwritten cards to relate an autobiographical narrative. Returning to Michel Foucault’s theories of self-writing as a confessional discourse of the self that creates a correspondence of ethical perception between the writer and reader by way of contemporary theorizations of the demand for authenticity and consumability in social media, I argue that the cue card confessions constitute an important mode of self-writing that uses the visual spectacle of the body and the discursive demands of confessional discourse to invoke mediated witnessing as a mode of ethical engagement. © The Author(s) 2015.

Author Keywords
authenticity; discourse theory; media ethics; new media theory; social media; visual culture

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