<b>Michel Foucault</b>, <i>Psychiatric Power: Lectures at the Collège de France 1973-1974</i>. Ed Jacques Lagrange. Trans Graham Burchell. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

  • Chris Philo University of Glasgow

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Chris Philo, University of Glasgow
Chris Philo is Professor of Geography at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and has long been thinking about the intersections between Foucault (and Foucault studies) and geographical inquiry. His particular interest has been the historical geography of places/institutions associated with the reception, incarceration, sheltering, care and treatment of the 'mad', in the course of which he has moved between critical-Foucauldian reflections and sustained archival research. The upshot has been various papers and chapters, and the publication in 2004 of a book which he prefers to call 'The Space Reserved for Insanity' (actually the subtitle for what the publishers called A Geographical History of Institutional Provision for the Insane from Medieval Times to the 1860s in England and Wales). He has written several more theoretical pieces, including an essay on 'Foucault's geography' (in the journal Society & Space (1991), reprinted in the M.Crang and N.Thrift edited book Thinking Space (2000)) and a chapter on "Society Must be Defended" for the J.Crampton and S.Elden edited book Space, Knowledge and Power (2007). His other interests include the history and theory of geographical inquiry, animal geographies and children's geographies, as well as contemporary 'post-asylum' geographies.
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