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Observing the Others, Watching Over Oneself: themes of medical surveillance in society

This article explores two instances of medical surveillance that illustrate post-panoptic views of the body in biomedicine, from the patient to the population. Techniques of surveillance and monitoring are part of medical diagnostics, epidemiological studies, aetiologic research, health care management; they also … Continue reading

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Health, Medicine and Surveillance in the 21st Century

By the beginning of the 21st Century, Surveillance Studies are highlighting how contemporary surveillance is neither limited nor specific, in either scope or design (Lyon 2002). The digital revolution has taken mass surveillance from a possibility to a reality. From cradle to … Continue reading

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Foucault and social media: life in a virtual panopticon

This is the first installment in a three-part series. Part 2. I tweet, therefore I become Part 3. The call of the crowd ——————————————- You start the day bleary-eyed and anxious. You stayed up late last night working on a … Continue reading

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Competition: A Critical History of a Concept

This article expands Michel Foucault’s genealogy of liberalism and neoliberalism by analyzing the concept of competition. It addresses four key liberal conceptions of competition in turn: the idea of competition as a destructive but progressive and thus necessary force (roughly … Continue reading

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Analysing Knowledge and Power in Classrooms

How can we explore how power operates in classrooms, looking at the power teachers hold through their social position alongside the flows of power between different actors? How can we understand how knowledge is intertwined with power for, as Michel … Continue reading

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Doing Foucault in Early Childhood Studies: Applying Post-structural Ideas

This book draws on a broad range of poststructural and postcolonial thinkers, and pays particular attention to the intersections of race, class and gender. Within this theoretical framework, it shows the important contribution that Foucault and other poststructural theorists can … Continue reading

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Foucault and the Early Childhood Classroom

Foucault’s notion of “regimes of truth” provides an understanding of how some discourses operate and network together to reinforce a particular powerful view of the world. These can be in oral or written forms. Early childhood education practices are drawn … Continue reading

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Foucault, Gramsci and Critical Theory

Bringing Marx, Gramsci, and Foucault together is not so common in Germany and this is reflected in the limited number of scholars who do such work. Most critical intellectuals who refer to one of these names usually exclude the other … Continue reading

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Care of the self, resistance and subjectivity under neoliberal governmentalities

Resistance is normally thought of as a collective exercise of public political activity. In this article, Ball and Olmedo approach the question of resistance in a different way, through Foucault’s notion of ‘the care of the self’. Neoliberal reforms in … Continue reading

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The Confessing Society: Foucault, Confession and Practices of Lifelong Learning

Today, people are constantly encouraged to verbalise and disclose their “true” inner self to others, whether on TV shows, in newspapers, in family life or together with friends. Such encouragement to disclose the self has proliferated through discourses on lifelong … Continue reading

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