Spring 2013 quarter
- Bill Arney sociology
- Preparatory for studies or careers in
- None specified.
What is power and how should one live in it? Early in his career, Michel Foucault (1926-1984) described power's various practices of division: the separation of the sane from the insane, the pathological from the normal, the law-abiding citizen from the criminal. Later he described modern structures of power, a micro-physics of power, that induce people to become self managers: "He who is subjected to a field of visibility, and who knows it, assumes responsibility for the constraints of power; he makes them play spontaneously upon himself; he inscribes in himself the power relation in which he simultaneously plays both roles; he becomes the principle of his own subjection." Foucault even argued that the self and the soul are creations of power. Near the end of his life, he articulated a new project: "seeking to give new impetus, as far and wide as possible, to the undefined work of freedom." He re-imagined the possibility of self-fashioning, of the care of the self, of an art of living.
We'll follow Foucault's course and see where it leads us.
Readings by Foucault will include Discipline and Punish , the three volumes of The History of Sexuality , This Is Not a Pipe , Fearless Speech , and Herculine Barbin (Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a French Hermaphrodite) .
Students, alone or in groups, will complete independent work that will be more admirable than convincing. Contemplative practices, of course.
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