of recent perspectives from sound studies. I also believe that the thought of MichelFoucault is pertinent to issues of discipline and governmentality of and through sound, despite his association with vision and technologies of making visible. Specifically, I highlight three strategies or micropractices of power that the clergy are using to take control of the soundscape of the Pollino sanctuary: first, they are using demarcations of space to identify certain sounds as noise; secondly, they are encouraging a passive experience of sound to create ethical listeners
This chapter provides an overview of the book, its central argument and themes. A brief introduction is provided to the Barefoot College, giving an indication of its philosophy, goals and reach, and the kinds of utopian tropes and ideals that it aspires are sign-posted. This leads on to a discussion of the main theoretical concepts informing this book, namely Guy Debord’s notion of ‘spectacle’ and Michel Foucault’s ‘heterotopia’. Drawing upon these concepts, it is suggested that the modern development landscape is one embedded within ever-deeper capitalist relations, necessitating the production of the kinds of spectacle seen in other areas of life, but rooted in particular kinds of historical and heterotopic development landscapes.
Corpses and mass violence: an inventory of the unthinkable
Élisabeth Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus
ethical standpoints. To probe the
intellectual framework existing today for the recognition of the
object ‘body/corpse’, we invited the political scientist Yehonatan
Alsheh to examine the concept of biopower, in chapter 1. This
theory – developed by MichelFoucault – has in effect become the
most commonly used tool of reference in the social and political
sciences when it is necessary to address the relationships of power
exerted on bodies and to study the punitive or disciplinary pro
cedures deployed by states. In
The bodyand counter-revolutionary warfare inapartheid South Africa
The intention is not to suggest that resistance was responsible for the
move to extra-judicial killing; rather, what is indexed here is Foucault’s
notion of power as productive. MichelFoucault, ‘The subject and
power’, in H. L. Dreyfus & P. Rabinow (eds), MichelFoucault: Beyond
Structuralism and Hermeneutics, 2nd edition (Chicago: University of
Chicago Press, 1983), pp. 208–26.
9 TRC, Report, vol. 2, pp. 14–40.
10 This refers to the way in which apartheid was carefully codified into a
myriad of laws, and the manner in which the then government ‘placed
violence not as an event but as a long, diachronic process, of which
death and the treatment of the body are distinct but intrinsically
linked steps. This long-term linkage also leads us to enquire more
systematically into what the treatment of the body reveals about
the killers’ consciousness of participating in a criminal enterprise.
It seems important to conclude by looking at the utility of the
concept of biopower for the study of mass corpses. The theory, as
taken up and transformed by MichelFoucault, is often cited in
studies of mass violence and genocide
the Future (Nashville: Abingdon, 1971); and D. Gunst,
Biopolitik zwischen Macht und Recht (Mainz: Hase und Kohler, 1978).
8 M. Foucault, ‘The birth of social medicine’, in J. Faubion (ed.), Power:
Essential Works of MichelFoucault (New York: New Press, 2000), vol. 3,
p. 137. The systematic elaboration of the concept was done later, in his
1976 series of lectures in the College de France – M. Foucault, Society
Must Be Defended (New York: Picador, 2003), pp. 239–64, as well in his
History of Sexuality (New York: Vintage Books, 1980), vol. 1.
Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland.
Foucault, M. (1997) ‘The ethics of the concern for self as a practice of freedom’, in
P. Rabinow (ed.) (trans. R. Hurley), MichelFoucault: Ethics, Subjectivity and Truth, the
Essential Works of MichelFoucault 1954–1984, Vol. 1. London: Penguin.
Green, S.F. (2009) Lines, Traces and Tidemarks: Reflections on Forms of Borderli-ness, COST
Migrating borders and moving times
Action IS0803 Working Paper 1. www.eastbordnet.org/working_papers/open/docu
ments/Green_Lines_Traces_and_Tidemarks_090414.pdf. Accessed 9 August
Archives and collecting on the frontiers of data-driven science
The archive has become perhaps most well-known as a ‘protean category’ (Waterton 2010: 646) in the thought of MichelFoucault and
‘If everything is information’
Jacques Derrida and has been extensively explored in anthropology,
history and cognate disciplines.3 As Elizabeth Povinelli summarises,
the archive can be understood from a Foucauldian perspective as a
hegemonic instrument of (state) power which nevertheless contains
within it its own undoing in the form of the subaltern voices that it
works (more or less successfully) to suppress (2011
The role of pronatalism in the development of Czech childcare and reproductive health policies
Hana Hašková and Radka Dudová
ethnicities. In the context of this book (see Pine and Haukanes, Chapter 1 , this volume), we seek to shed light on the practices of bordering and boundary work within a particular care regime and a moral economy to contribute to the understanding of gendered and sexualised classifications and the ordering of space and relations through which deserving persons, practices, and ways of life are defined.
Theoretical background: biopower, biopolitics, and population concerns
MichelFoucault developed the concept of ‘biopower’ (Foucault
The scenario progresses to include a pregnant woman who ends up delivering in the elevator, assisted by Hind Rustum, who in the latter part of the
film transmutes from the role of the sexy arrogant star into a public-spirited
character who holds the newborn baby while retaining her down-to-earth
mettle. As the repertoire of characters expands, we encounter a married
woman secretly following her lover up to a flat, and the madman who has
escaped from the mental hospital but speaks wise words and several times
becomes, as MichelFoucault put it, ‘the