From: "henry sholar" <H_SHOLAR@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 7:16:10 EST
I would suspect that comments on social practices are throughout
Archaeology, Order of Things, the History of Sexuality, etc.
one approach would be to see what Heideggerian influence
there is on F's understanding of social practices. Since
Dreyfus is a primary commentator on both Foucault and Heidegger,
he may have distinguished them and drawn conclusions of influence.
('course, he could be wrong, too.)
> I am gearing up to write a large paper on social practices, and I am
>interested in delving again into Foucault's writings on the subject. My
>question is this: Does anyone know if Foucault ever gives a general,
>abstract account of what a practice is? For the most part all I am finding
>are passages that talk of "practices" (along with discourses) as a plural
>noun, that do not suggest an established means of differentiating one kind
>of practice from another, or of picking out what is and what is not a
> There is, obviously, a great deal else of interest in Foucault on the
>topic of practices...I just need to work out something to say on this
>particular set of foundational theoretical issues (i.e. those revolving
>around the matter of what a practice is), and I figured there were some key
>bits in Foucault on this that I was missing.