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Foucault 101

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Foucault 101
"[W]hat Foucault may have to offer is a set of possible tools, tools for the identification of the conditions of possibility which operate through the obviousness and enigmas of our present, tools perhaps also for the eventual modification of those condition” (Gordon, 1980, p. 258).
Discourse Analysis
Key Words
Discursive Formation
"Each society has its
regime of truth
, its ‘general politics’ of truth: that is, the
types of discourse which it accepts and makes function as true
the mechanisms and instances which enable one to distinguish true and false statements
the means by which each is sanctioned
the techniques and procedures accorded value in the acquisition of truth
the status of those who are charged with saying what counts as true
” (Foucault, 1980, p. 131).
“The important thing here, I believe, is that
truth isn’t outside power
, or lacking in power: contrary to a myth whose history and functions would repay further study, truth isn’t the reward of free spirits, the child of protracted solitude, nor the privilege of those who have succeeded in liberating themselves.
Truth is a thing of this world
: it is produced only by virtue of multiple forms of constraint. And it induces regular effects of power.” (Foucault, 1980 p. 131)
“What makes power hold good, what makes it accepted, is simply the fact that it doesn’t weigh on us as a force that says no, but that
it traverses and produces things, is induces pleasure, forms knowledge, produces discourse
” (Foucault, 1980, p. 119).
“But once power produces this effect, there
inevitably emerge the responding claims and affirmations,
those of one’s own body against power, of health against the economic system, of pleasure against the moral norms of sexuality, marriage, decency […] Power, after investing itself in the body, finds itself
exposed to a counterattack in that same body
” (Foucault, 1980, p. 56).
Steps of Analysis
1. Explore the Rhetorical Organization

2. Identify the social production of discourse

3. Reflexivity
Riots & Race
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