Mad for Foucault: Rethinking the Foundations of Queer Theory
Columbia University Press, 2010 - 344 síğur
Michel Foucault was the first to embed the roots of human sexuality in discipline and biopolitics, therefore revolutionizing our conception of sex and its relationship to society, economics, and culture. Yet over the past two decades, scholars have limited themselves to the study of Foucault's History of Sexuality, volume 1 paying lesser attention to his equally explosive History of Madness. In this earlier volume, Foucault recasts Western rationalism as a project that both produces and represses sexual deviants, calling out the complicity of modern science and the exclusionary nature of family morality. By reclaiming these deft moves, Lynne Huffer teases out exciting new strands of Foucauldian thought. She then revisits the theorist's ethical work in light of these discoveries, divining an ethics of eros that sees sexuality as a lived experience we are repeatedly called on to remember. Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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This constitutes what Nietzsche calls the “ morality of mores ” and the “ social
straitjacket ” of the “ sovereign individual ” ( 59 ) . For Foucault , the process of
normalization that grounds the rise of the sovereign individual constitutes the
victory of ...
analysis constitutes one of “ the great family of technologies of sex , ” one of “ all
those institutions that set out in the nineteenth century to medicalize sex . ” 4
These unacknowledged sentences reinforce a more broadbased interpretation of
57 The above might amount to nothing more than a quibble about a minor matter
, were it not that biopower constitutes a key element for thinking about the ethics
of sex in Foucault . And as I will show in the final section of this chapter ...
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