Imagining Foucault. On the digital subject and “visual citizenship”


  • Susanne Krasmann University of Hamburg, Institute for Criminological Research



egimes of visibility, surveillance, algorithms, refusal


One of the most exciting features in Foucault’s work is his analytics of power in terms of forms of visibility. It allows for a reflection on the conditions of seeing and thinking, thus triggering a seemingly paradoxical move: locating the limits of our perspectives entails simultaneously transgressing these limits. In a way, we decipher our own blind spot. Approaching Discipline and Punish through this perspective brings us to identify the digital subject as a characteristic figure of our time. In contrast to its disciplinarian counterpart, it appears to be an active, though not necessarily political subject. The notion of visual citizenship will help us to go a step further and figure out what it could mean to challenge today’s surveilling gaze.


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How to Cite

Krasmann, S. (2017). Imagining Foucault. On the digital subject and “visual citizenship”. Foucault Studies, (23), 10–26.



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