Foucault does not shows negative attitude towards your
object, in "Surveiller et Punir" he investigates the
history of the practice of putting homeless in
shelters. To investigate the history of something does
not means to be negative about it. Use it as mere
historical description of practices.
--- kilin81@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
> Hello everybody.
> My name is Michael Deguara and I am writing a thesis
> for a BA in
> Anthropology, here at the University in Malta. My
> thesis is about a
> homeless shelter, and marginality, and I have been
> advised to apply
> Foucault's theories on normalization and power.
> Somehow I am finding a hard time reconciling the
> positive "rehabilitation" process that goes on in
> this shelter with
> the negative aura I get from Foucault's description
> of similar
> processes. I was wondering if this negative feeling
> I get is merely
> a matter of the language used, or whether the
> process of
> normalization is to be seen as in some way
> destructive, or otherwise
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