In my humble opinion Foucault doesn't speak about rascism but about state-
racism. As Stoler points out he didn't take acount of the colonies, while
tracing the production of biopower. As a result for Stoler race must be seen
as constitutive of the production of the european bourgeois self.
Here is still place for Foucault's state- racism. For example 1937, they
sterilized the descendants of french colonial soldiers from the Rheinland
occupation. This was an effort in eugenic policies and played out racial and
sexual fears about men of african ancestry.
I'm just reading Agamben`s "Homo Sacer I". It seems he pushes Foucault's
acount of state racism further to his thesis, that concentration camps are
the biopolitical pardigm of the modernity. He also traces sovereignty among
others to the latin law. I am astonished. Does anybody know this book?
] Im Auftrag von Margot
Gesendet: Samstag, 13. März 2004 03:55
Betreff: foucault and race
I have been reading foucault for about four months now and am more and more
impressed with the breadth and depth of his thinking. Oh I have just joined
this list by the way.
I am currently writing a PhD on racialised practices in a culturally diverse
setting and using genealogy, bio-power and other later stuff he wrote about
ethics and self so pretty much a broad sweep of his work.
a couple of things first if anyone knows of writings linking race to
Foucault I would be interested to get some references. I have read the Anne
Stoler book that really explains his use of race from History of sexuality
Vol I and 'Society must be defended' so am looking for other refs besides
secondly though I would be interested on people's thoughts about the
significance of his comments about race. He picked it up and dropped pretty
quickly I know a Foucault trait, but does this mean he was dismisisng his
earlier arguments? How significant is it in difference theory that he argued
that racial discourses preceded other discourse that repositioned mentally
ill, women ect.?
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