Foucault and the politics of our selves

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-59
Number of pages17
JournalHistory of the Human Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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