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Foucault and the politics of our selves.

Published on Oct 1, 2011in History of the Human Sciences0.839
· DOI :10.1177/0952695111411623
Amy Allen16
Estimated H-index: 16
(Dartmouth College)
Abstract
Exploring the apparent tension between Foucault’s analyses of technologies of domination – the ways in which the subject is constituted by power–knowledge relations – and of technologies of the self – the ways in which individuals constitute themselves through practices of freedom – this article endeavors to makes two points: first, the interpretive claim that Foucault’s own attempts to analyse both aspects of the politics of our selves are neither contradictory nor incoherent; and, second, the constructive claim that Foucault’s analysis of the politics of our selves, though not entirely satisfactory as it stands, provides important resources for the project of critical social theory.
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