Doug Stokes wrote:
"Have you or anybody on this list ever read any Laclau & Mouffe and / or
Stuart Hall. Whilst working with a lot of Fs ideas they situate
more firmly in the post-Marxist camp and there work on interpellation
articulation provides good tools with which to analyse the operation of
discourse etc. "
My impression is that Laclau and Mouffe are antagonistic to Foucauldian
notions of discourse and power. Their notion of identity politics means
identification with excluded minorities or workingclass groups -- they
have been criticized for allowing small businessmen to claim the status
of an excluded or oppressed group. They fault Foucault's work because
his idea of power as imposing a normal subject amounts to what they
consider a functionalist notion because theory can't free us from
How does that sound?
> I always analyse quite precise and localised phenomenon: for example, the
> formation of disciplinary civilisation in all its aspects. The systems of
> discipline are applied by one group upon another. There is a difference
> between governing and being governed. And I emphasise that
> Foucault. Remarks on Marx. Pg 167 (Semiotexte. 1991)
> How does one group apply discipline upon another?
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