Foucault Studies <p><span id="E112" class="qowt-font4-PalatinoLinotype">Foucault Studies</span><span id="E113" class="qowt-font4-PalatinoLinotype"> is the only international journal in the English language devoted to the work and influence of the&nbsp;</span><span id="E115" class="qowt-font4-PalatinoLinotype">thinker Michel Foucault, often listed as the most cited contemporary author within the human and social sciences.</span></p> Copenhagen Business School en-US Foucault Studies 1832-5203 <p>Authors retain copyright to their work, but assign the right of the first publication to Foucault Studies. The work is subject to a <a href="">CC BY-NC-ND 4.0</a> license, but despite these restrictions, authors can take for granted that Foucault Studies will permit articles published in Foucault Studies to be translated or reprinted in another format such as a book providing a full reference is made to Foucault Studies as the original place of publication.</p> Editorial Sverre Raffnsøe Alan Beaulieu Barbara Cruikshank Bregham Dalgliesh Knut Ove Eliassen Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson Alex Feldman Marius Gudmand-Høyer Thomas Götselius Robert Harvey Robin Holt Leonard Richard Lawlor Daniele Lorenzini Edward McGushin Hernan Camilo Pulido Martinez Giovanni Mascaretti Johanna Oksala Clare O'Farrell Rodrigo Castro Orellana Eva Bendix Petersen Alan Rosenberg Annika Skoglund Dianna Taylor Martina Tazzioli Copyright (c) 2021 The Authors 2021-06-14 2021-06-14 i iv 10.22439/fs.vi30.6281 Resistance: An Arendtian Reading of Solidarity and Friendship in Foucault <p>Recent scholarship has firmly established the similarities between Arendt and Foucault, in particular with regard to the dangers of late-modern social processes. Yet, few have compared their accounts of resistance. This paper argues that although Foucault offers the more comprehensive account, it omits the encounter with the other as unique and unfathomable, which is central to Arendt’s. This omission is particularly striking given the authors’ shared belief that the danger of ‘the social’ and ‘governmentality’ lies in atomizing individuals and barring the development of a singular style of being, and their allusion to friendship and solidarity as sites of resistance.</p> <p>Drawing on Arendt, I show how Foucault restricts his thematization of solidarity and friendship to a reflexive praxis of the subject on her own limits, and argue instead for the relational dimension of resistance. I start by reconstructing their converging analysis of biological racism. I then continue with a discussion of resistance in Arendt, which she develops in response to the Shoah. More specifically, she provides a concept of solidarity and friendship that I draw on to extend Foucault’s analysis of the transnational solidarity among the governed in fighting for their rights vis-à-vis their governments; and of friendship in the context of his interrogation of the LGBT-movement.</p> Liesbeth Schoonheim Copyright (c) 2021 The Author 2021-06-14 2021-06-14 1 28 10.22439/fs.vi30.6269 Avowing Unemployment: Confessional Jobseeker Interviews and Professional CVs <p>While contemporary welfare processes have widely been analysed through the concepts of governmentality and pastoral power, this article diagnoses the dimension of confession or avowal within unemployment, job seeking and CV writing. This argument draws together the threads of Foucault’s work on confession within disciplinary institutions, around sexuality and genealogies of monasticism, adding the insights of writers in ‘economic theology’. Empirically the focus is on UK JobCentrePlus, whose governmentality is traced from laws and regulations, street-level forms, websites and CV advice. From the requirement of avowals of unemployment as a personal fault in interviews to professions of faith in oneself and the labour market, a distinctly confessional practice emerges – with the welfare officer as ‘pastor’ but with the market as the ultimate ‘test’ of worth. Furthermore, the pressure to transform the self through ‘telling the truth’ about oneself is taken as a normalising pressure which extends from the institutions of welfare across the labour market as a whole. In conclusion, the demand for self-transformation and the insistence on tests within modernity is problematised.</p> Tom Boland Copyright (c) 2021 Tom Boland 2021-06-14 2021-06-14 29 53 10.22439/fs.vi30.6256 The Carnival of the Mad: Foucault’s Window into the Origin of Psychology <p>Foucault’s participation in the 1954 carnival of the mad at an asylum in Switzerland marked the beginning of his critical reflections on the origins of psychology. The event revealed a paradox at the heart of psychology to Foucault, for here was an asylum known for its progressive method and groundbreaking scientific research that was somehow still exhibiting traces of a medieval conception of madness. Using the cultural expression of this carnival as a starting place, this paper goes beyond carnival costumes to uncover the historical structures underneath the discipline of modern psychology. Drawing on Foucault’s earliest works in psychology, his 1954 <em>Mental Illness and Personality</em>, his 1954 “Dream, Existence and Imagination,” his 1957 “Scientific Research and Psychology” and briefly his 1961 <em>History of Madness</em>, I will describe the discrepancy between the <em>theory</em> of modern psychology, which finds its heritage in the methods of modern science, and the <em>practice</em> of modern psychology, which finds its heritage in the classical age. I will argue that this division helps make sense of unexplained psychological phenomena, as seen in general practices related to artistic expression, and individual experiences, as seen in the presence of guilt and the resistance to medical diagnosis in patients.</p> Hannah Lyn Venable Copyright (c) 2021 The Author 2021-06-14 2021-06-14 54 79 10.22439/fs.vi30.6268 Nancy Luxon (ed.), Archives of Infamy: Foucault on State Power in the Lives of Ordinary Citizens. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2019. 400 pp. Julian Molina Copyright (c) 2021 The Author 2021-06-14 2021-06-14 80 83 10.22439/fs.vi30.6260 Thomas Lemke, Foucault’s Analysis of Modern Governmentality: A Critique of Political Reason. Translation Erik Butler. London: Verso, 2019. 445 pp. Paul Gorby Copyright (c) 2021 The Author 2021-06-04 2021-06-04 84 87 10.22439/fs.vi30.6261 Patrick G. Stefan, The Power of Resurrection: Foucault, Discipline, and Early Christian Resistance. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2020. 277pp. Bianca Maria Esposito Copyright (c) 2021 The Author 2021-06-14 2021-06-14 88 90 10.22439/fs.vi30.6262 Stephen W. Sawyer and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins (ed.), Foucault, Neoliberalism, and Beyond. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. 227 pp. Rick Mitcham Copyright (c) 2021 The Author 2021-06-14 2021-06-14 91 95 10.22439/fs.vi30.6263 Stuart Elden, Canguilhem. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2019. 215 pp. + Samuel Talcott, Georges Canguilhem and the Problem of Error. Cham: Palgrave MacMillan, 2019. 294 pp. Codrin Tăut Copyright (c) 2021 The Author 2021-06-14 2021-06-14 96 100 10.22439/fs.vi30.6264 Michael Ure, Nietzsche’s The Gay Science: An Introduction. Cambridge Introductions to Key Philosophical Texts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. 273 pp. Stephanie B. Martens Copyright (c) 2021 The Author 2021-06-14 2021-06-14 101 105 10.22439/fs.vi30.6258 Critique in Truth: Bernard Harcourt’s Critique & Praxis Colin Koopman Copyright (c) 2021-06-14 2021-06-14 106 112 10.22439/fs.vi30.6266 Foucault Studies No. 30 Focault Studies Copyright (c) 2021 The Authors 2021-06-14 2021-06-14 i 112