On the Use and Abuse of Foucault for Politics

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Lexington Books, 2005 - Philosophy - 132 pages
Sensitive to the discontinuities in Foucault's thought, neither critical nor slavishly devotional, On the Use and Abuse of Foucault for Politics demonstrates how Foucault is relevant for contemporary democratic theory. Beginning with a discussion of the interrelated ideas of power and resistance, Brent Pickett provides an interpretation of Foucault's political philosophy, including a comprehensive overview of the reasons for various conflicting interpretations, and then explores how well the different "Foucaults" can be used in progressive politics. Accessible and insightful, On the Use and Abuse of Foucault for Politics is valuable for specialists in Foucault and for students of postmodern and democratic theory alike.
 

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Contents

Power
9
The Will to Power and Foucaultian Power
10
Disciplinary Power
11
Biopower
17
Strategies and Other Military Metaphors
21
Power Production and the Individual
23
Habermas and Foucault
25
Conclusion
28
Postmodern Engagement?
64
Conclusion
70
Foucaultian Rights?
77
Towards a New Right
80
Foucaultian Rights Critiqued
87
Conclusion
93
Towards a Democracy of Power
101
Foucault on Freedom
102

Resistance
35
Madness and Transgression
37
Revolutionary Action
39
The Politics of Resistance
44
Conclusion
48
Foucaultian Masks and Contested Interpretations
55
The Modern Foucault
57
The Postmodern Foucault
60
The Priority of Democratic Forms of Engagement
110
Towards a Democracy of Power
112
Conclusion
116
Bibliography
125
Index
131
About the Author
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Brent Pickett is Associate Professor of Political Science at Chadron State College.

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