I find the questions you are proposing very interesting. I work as a
counselor on the field of alcohol and other drugs recovery. My interest in
Foucault began, while starting a graduation course in Philosophy, exactly
because in the issue of drug abuse, or misuse, there is a great deal of
"truth" that is "created". In my work experience, I had to face chalenging
questionings to the theoretical fundamentation of our aproach to alcohol and
other drugs addiction, and, of course, face the day-by-day conflict with
But I haven´t yet thought about the issue of methodology. I´m doing a
personal research to produce some sort of paper or text about my work and
the experiences with it. So, it would be very wellcome and enriching to
discuss the issues you propose, and I´ll give some thought to it.
Carlos F. Puig
Fortaleza - Brazil
Em 30 Mar 2004, foucault@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx escreveu:
>I must say it's been very pleasing to watch the recent increase in the
>volume of postings on this list; for a time there I was beginning to worry
>if indeed we had all but 'forgotten Foucault'...but no, the list has once
>again sprung into vibrancy! Much relief...I would like to post a query on
>this list about the existing secondary literature concerning the analysis
>Foucault's methods. I recall writing a section in my thesis on the various
>pieces of Foucault's own writings that address notions of method and
>epistemology (Nietzsche, Genealogy, History; Two Lectures, What is
>Enlightenment? the Subject and Power, Questions of Method etc); though
>Foucault rarely spoke of methodologies in the manner of a more
>traditional/conventional research scholar. However, it is precisely this
>notion of the anti-science, of Foucault's elliptical critique of a more
>conventional epistemology that is of most interest to me now in my more
>recent work on the 'problem' of illicit drug misuse.
>Recently I have been thinking about how one might come to apply some of
>Foucault's insights to the issue of substance misuse. Specifically, I have
>begun thinking about a more foucauldian inspired research agenda within the
>alcohol and other drugs field. In other words, how might a 'foucauldian'
>approach the problem of illicit drugs? What would be the principal objects
>of interest? How would this research proceed, according to which methods? I
>would certainly be interested to know what others on the list thought of
>However, I also thought it would be useful to explore the secondary
>literature to examine how various of Foucault's methods have been 'applied'
>in other fields (ie education, social work, criminology, health sciences
>etc). Can anyone recommend any works of interest? I am particularly
>interested in pieces of writing that address the issue of Foucault's
>and their application. I recently came across Kendall and Wickham's 'Using
>Foucault's Methods' (Sage 1999), though have found it somewhat
>unsatisfactory. Any other suggestions?
>Dr Cameron Duff
>Director of Research,
>Centre for Youth Drug Studies
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