Gallo, S.
The care of the self and biopolitics: Resistance and practices of freedom*
(2017) Educational Philosophy and Theory, 49 (7), pp. 691-701.

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

[Editor: You never know where references to Foucault’s name will pop up…]

Todd Martens, Meet Disney’s philosopher king: the brain behind ‘Avatar’s’ Pandora and Marvel’s ‘Guardians’ ride, Los Angeles Times, May 25 2017

When visitors set foot into Pandora — The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., they will find glowing plants and floating mountains.

Opening Saturday, the lush, forest-like setting of Pandora obviously takes its cues from James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster; more unexpected is the subtle nod to the Italian Baroque art of Gian Lorenzo Bernini seen in the entangled vines descending from the apparently hovering mountains.

On the other side of the country, fans of “Guardians of the Galaxy” films will find much that’s familiar in California Adventure’s new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout attraction, which also opens Saturday.

Art history majors, however, may also notice the high-tech influence of architect Renzo Piano, who worked on France’s Pompidou Centre.

These cultural mash-ups, which herald a new age and aesthetic for the two Disney parks, are compliments of the complicated mind of one man: Imagineer Joe Rohde.

During his nearly 40 years with Walt Disney Imagineering, the company’s highly secretive arm devoted to theme park experiences, Rohde has emerged as something akin to Disney’s philosopher king, working from a deep belief that Disney parks are cultural institutions as much as they are places to ride alongside pirates or buy a churro and a lightsaber.

But Rohde is more likely to cite Michel Foucault than he is Uncle Walt.

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Noguera-Ramírez, C.E.
The pedagogical effect: On Foucault and Sloterdijk
(2017) Educational Philosophy and Theory, 49 (7), pp. 720-733.

DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2016.1204738

Although Foucault did not produce any particular work devoted to teaching or education, following authors like Hoskin this text aims to show the importance that teaching practices and discourses have in Foucault’s analysis, particularly in the analysis of what he called governmentality. If we associate these analyses with the concept of ‘ Antropotécnicas ‘ developed by the German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, then we have a transparent toolbox for analyzing learning, recognizing that contemporary society is an educating society. © 2016 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia.

Author Keywords
anthropotechniques; educating society; Government; pedagogical practices; practices of the self

Bagelman, J., Wiebe, S.M.
Intimacies of global toxins: Exposure & resistance in ‘Chemical Valley’
(2017) Political Geography, 60, pp. 76-85.

DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2017.04.007

This paper examines the geopolitics of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation’s reserve, situated in a toxic petrochemical complex known as Canada’s ‘Chemical Valley.’ While this reserve holds the perilous title of worst air-pollution in the country, research exploring the profound impacts that this toxic environment has on Indigenous communities remains limited and tends to resort to simplistic framings. In this paper we suggest that Michel Foucault’s concept of the ‘heterotopia’ is a helpful prism through which to view Aamjiwnaang in more complex, political terms. We also suggest, however, that this prism has a limited scope when it comes to exposing intimate experiences of global toxins. Drawing on a feminist geopolitics, we seek to stretch Foucault’s heterotopic approach in order to show how the reserve is intimately colonized and contaminated by Canada’s chemical production. Vitally, our approach gleans insight into the everyday ways that Aamjiwnaang is governed by and also disrupts colonial configurations. Moreover, our paper illuminates how a feminist heterotopic approach can re-orient research towards a deepened understanding of Indigenous-led modes of environmental justice. © 2017 Elsevier Ltd

Author Keywords
Affect; Environmental justice; Feminist geopolitics; Heterotopia; Indigenous politics; Resistance; Toxic pollution

Leib, R.S.
Spaces of the self: Foucault and Goffman on the micro-physics of discipline
(2017) Philosophy Today, 61 (1), pp. 189-210.

DOI: 10.5840/philtoday2017321153

This article argues that the works of Michel Foucault and Erving Goffman are complementary, specifically in their analyses of disciplinary power. This analysis would be what Foucault calls a ‘micro-physics’ of power. Micro-physics is an important concept even in Foucault’s later lectures, but it remains a sub-discipline of genealogy Foucault himself never pursues. Goffman’s works, which rely upon notions of social performance, personal spaces, and the construction of the self through these, fulfill the conditions of micro-physical analysis well. Using Goffman’s works, I argue that his style of ethnographic analysis helps clarify certain fundamental questions about disciplinary power left unquestioned in Foucault’s works-namely, the ‘internalization of the gaze’ and its ‘spontaneous’ efficiency. I conclude that disciplinary power is not actually a process of internalization at all, but a systematic divestment of the subject’s access to the external processes and spaces on which the production and performance of his ‘self’ depends.

Author Keywords
Discipline; Erving goffman; Michael Foucault; Micro-physics; Power

Tynan, R., McEvilly, N.
‘No pain, no gain’: former elite female gymnasts’ engagements with pain and injury discourses
(2017) Qualitiative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, pp. 1-16. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2017.1323778

This paper investigates former elite female gymnasts’ views and experiences of pain and injury. The purpose of the study was to examine how participants engaged with pain and injury discourses and interrogate the ways in which certain knowledge and practices had become dominant. A Foucaultian theoretical framework underpinned the study, making use of Foucault’s work on discourses, power and resistance. Data were generated through semi-structured interviews with seven former elite gymnasts. By analysing the participants’ talk through poststructural discourse analysis, three themes were identified. Firstly, participants’ persistence through pain and injury was due to the desire to compete. Secondly, participants differentiated between ‘good pain’ and ‘bad pain’. Thirdly, participants had a higher tolerance for pain than for injury. This research raises questions about the dominance of a ‘no pain, no gain’ discourse, and the ways in which gymnasts may develop an uncritical acceptance of particular ‘truths’ surrounding pain and injury. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Author Keywords
discourses; Foucault; Gymnastics; injury; pain; power; resistance

Fage-Butler, A.M.
Risk resistance: constructing home birth as morally responsible on an online discussion group
(2017) Health, Risk and Society, pp. 1-15. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1080/13698575.2017.1327038

In hegemonic risk discourses, hospital obstetric units are represented as the safest and best birth settings; however, a minority of women in England and Wales (2.3% in 2014) still opt for home birth. In this article, I analyse pro-home birth discourses on a UK-based online discussion group for pregnant women covering the period 2010–2015 and collected in March 2016, to identify how individuals making pro-home birth posts on the site represented home birth as a morally responsible choice. Using Foucauldian discourse analysis, I identify three main themes: home births as a normal process, representing an intimate, existential life moment which meets women’s needs for care and personal autonomy, and is convenient and relatively safe, in contrast to hospital births which are characterised as risky; home births as morally legitimate and justified by discourses of evidence-based risk assessment, woman centredness and empowerment; and home birth as not risky and the mothers who opt for it were not taking unnecessary risks but were acting responsibly. In this article, I examine the ways in which the online setting can be used to resist dominant risk discourses. I show how the participants in the online discussion group in my study used available discursive resources to challenge hegemonic risk discourses regarding birth setting, making resistance to dominant risk discourses possible, as pro-home birth discourses legitimised ‘nonconformist’ decisions regarding birth setting. The focus on the ‘risk-takers’ in this article is valuable for healthcare practitioners seeking to improve their communication about birth setting choices with pregnant women. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Author Keywords
birth setting; Foucault; home birth; online discussion group; risk resistance

Index Keywords
discourse analysis, doctor patient relation, empowerment, England, female, health care personnel, home delivery, human, human experiment, mother, personal autonomy, pregnant woman, risk assessment, Wales

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