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A governmental analysis
Ciara O’Dwyer

governmentality more generally. Governmentality and long-term care policy Michel Foucault’s concepts and ideas on power have become influential in a variety of disciplines. One of the key characteristics of his conceptualisation of power is that, rather than an oppressive, or negative, force, it should be seen more as a pervasive, subtle force through which individuals can be influenced or manipulated to think in a certain way. This is achieved by using various ‘technologies of the self’, namely, the methods used by subjects to transform themselves in order to achieve a certain

in Reframing health and health policy in Ireland
Shakespeare in the time of the political
Richard Wilson

: I’ll join with black despair against my soul And to myself become an enemy. [ Richard III, 2,2,36–7 ] Historian Paul Veyne likens Shakespeare to Michel Foucault for his ‘sceptic renouncement’ of a self-presence that would make sense of the world. 50 For at

in Free Will
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James Laidlaw

to make this faith seem more realistic than it really is. Michel Foucault was a very different thinker from Williams, but in his later work, which he referred to as his ‘genealogy of ethics’, he too found it helpful to distinguish, among the various general kinds of ethical thought and practice found historically and cross-culturally, those that are dominated by what he called moral codes or rules ([ 1984 ] 1986 ). Others, by contrast, focus more on what he called ‘ethical projects’ for the cultivation of

in Rules and ethics
Anastasia Marinopoulou

, 1991), 48. 2 Cited in Jeremy Waldron, ‘Kant’s Theory of the State’, in Immanuel Kant, Toward Perpetual Peace (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2006), 191. 3 Cited in Paul Rabinow (ed.), The Foucault Reader (London:  Penguin Books, 1991), 50. 4 Michel Foucault, The Archaeology of Knowledge (London: Routledge, 2011), 199. 5 Rabinow (ed.), The Foucault Reader, 63. 6 Cited in Rabinow (ed.), The Foucault Reader, 22. 7 Hubert L. Dreyfus and Paul Rabinow, Michel Foucault. Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics (New York: Harvester, Wheatsheaf, 1982

in Critical theory and epistemology
The dead body, the individual and the limits of medicine
Órla O’Donovan

French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault’s concept ‘governmentality’, it can be seen as a policy objective to ‘conduct the conduct’ of people in regard to organ donation. In this era of neoliberal austerity when the Irish state is withdrawing responsibility for the provision of health services, evident in ‘cost-shifting by government back onto households’ (Thomas, Burke and Barry, 2014: 1546), this is a new form of intervention it has taken on. Foucault’s fusion of ‘government’ with ‘mentality’ to form the term ‘governmentality’ signified a radical rethinking

in Reframing health and health policy in Ireland
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Chari Larsson

signals his ongoing engagement with the arguments advanced in Michel Foucault’s The Archaeology of Knowledge . In his opening paragraph, Foucault established archaeology’s hostility towards Hegelian-inspired, progressivist views of historical continuity, the longue durée of the Annales historians: For many years now historians have preferred to turn their attention to long periods, as if, beneath the shifts and changes of political events, they were trying to reveal the stable, almost indestructible system of checks and balances, the irreversible processes

in Didi-Huberman and the image
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Robert H. MacDonald

which imperialism was given imaginative form. In arguing thus for the importance of the metaphorical construction of empire, I begin with the understanding that language is itself a determinant in the perception of reality. Following some of the theoretical positions derived from the work of Michel Foucault, I focus on the role of discourse as a conventional but privileged language use

in The language of empire
Gothic and the perverse father of queer enjoyment
Dale Townshend

another through the legal and emotional bonds of the heterosexual marital relation. 5 Consequently, it is fair to argue, along with Robert Miles and Ann Williams, that Gothic romance is an important cultural agent in the deployment of modern sexuality as mapped out by Michel Foucault in his The History of Sexuality: An Introduction (1976). 6 Consistent with the

in Queering the Gothic
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Saul Newman

between the sophistication of new surveillance technology, and the extremity and crudeness of the law, that we are increasingly trapped. The ‘micro-physics’ of power: Michel Foucault The developments and transformations of power, from the classical age to modernity and beyond, have been extensively analysed by Foucault. Foucault charted, during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the emergence of the ‘disciplines’ – a new network of power relations, discourses and institutional practices – that had as their aim, function and effect the normalisation of the

in Unstable universalities
Andy Campbell

and relational virtualities, not so much through the intrinsic qualities of the homosexual but because the ‘slantwise’ position of the latter, as it were, the diagonal lines he can lay out in the social fabric allow these virtualities to come to light. Michel Foucault23 Foucault’s interest in reading the diagonal lines homosexuals trace in the social fabric could be handily connected to how he accessed archives. Historian Mike Featherstone has usefully described how Foucault used the ‘French national libraries in highly unorthodox ways by reading seemingly

in Bound together