Positioning Theory was in part influenced by Foucualt (as shown in my thesis
and my chapter in the second Positoning Theory text,
Harre and Moghaddam, The Self and Others). There is a website by James
Luberda about positoining theory and literature (Middlemarch in particular),
that does not refer to directly Foucault, but it does refer to Foucault
indirectly through several of the bibliographies of the works in the
On that site he refers to the seminal article on positioning theory:
Davies, B. and Harré, R. (1990). 'Positioning: The Discursive Production of
Selves.' Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, 20 (1), 43-63. Rpt. w
modifications as Ch. 3 in Rom Harré and Luk van Langenhove (eds),
Positioning Theory: Moral Contexts of Intentional Action. Malden: Blackwell.
Link to full-text of original article on-line.
I showed in my thesis that this article drew on 22 references, 8 of which
drew on Foucault (including two by Davies). When I pointed that out to
Davies and Harre they were not aware of that influence, however, Davies
admitted that since 1990 she has become more influenced by Foucault.
My PhD thesis devoted space to Foucault's gaze, from which I developed a
concept of Social Flux (or - what I now - refer to as underlying mood or
underlying conscious). Social flux is used to help explain the positioning
process. My inclination - having discussed these issues with James - and
Foucault briefly during my PhD research - is that my work would contribute
to your current project in whatever way you feel appropriate.
Also, I have assembled a pile of Foucault links at:
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Queens well - especially fond memories of Vic Hall. Snow and ice were too
much for me and I moved to Melbourne Australia.
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From: Shannon Smith <0srs1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Subject: [Foucault-L] Introduction and Birth of the Clinic query
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 21:15:16 -0400
My name is Shannon Smith and I am a PhD student in English at Queen's
University in Kingston ON, Canada. My area of specialization is Victorian
Literature --- specifically 19th-century sport culture, notions of
disability and masculinity in Victorian fiction.
Since reading Discipline and Punish during my undergrad, I've been
fascinated by Foucault and am currently reading The Birth of the Clinic in
relation to a project I'm working on which discusses the relationships
between 19th-century medical practices, the notion of the medical gaze,
medical masculinity and its portrayal in Victorian fiction.
I was wondering if I could turn to the collective wisdom of the list to
receive some feedback regarding how various list members understand
Foucault's notions of the clinical gaze v. the glace which I'm currently
trying to puzzle out for myself. There are times when he uses the term
"the glance" such as at the close of Ch.7 (Seeing and Knowing) and then
there are times when he discusses "the anatomo-clinician's gaze" (i.e. Ch
9: The Visible Invisible). Am I right in understanding the two types of
medical gazing as similar? The properties of the glance appear to suggest
the later motivations and practices of the gaze in post-anatomical
medicine. Unfortunately, my community of fellow Foucault readers is
currently somewhat limited, and I would love to discuss this issue further
with those on the list that are interested.
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