OK - point taken, and I think I understand what you are looking for... I'm
in the wrong office today but after discussing this rather interesting
question yesterday - the general consensus was that Zygmunt Bauman is the
best contemporary place to start drawing together the two lines - most
notably with his work on 'Liquid Modernity' and 'In search of politics'.
The thought being that within the work there is a mid-channel approach
that is both continental sociology/philosophcial and also has connections
with the cultural studies approaches of Hall etc. Bauman has an especially
interesting line on identity, community and governmentality in the age of
globalization which at times uses both Foucault and Young to further his
argument regarding our liquidness.
Whether you can read it closely enough to tease out the 'moral panic'
issues that you are looking for is a different question, but the
consensus was that it's there.
There is also some work by Anglea McRobbie and Sara Thornton which updates
the concept in terms of the 'Folk Devils' being more media savvy and
exploiting their misrepresentation. "Rethinking 'moral panic' for
multi-- mediated social worlds" it was in the British Journal of Sociology
around the mid 90s - possibly reprinted... I think this might be more
directly useful to you...
> hey steve,
> hmmm, I realise that Agamben has his historico-philosophy thing going
> on, but I don't do philosophy, I do cultural studies. This doesn't mean
> I don't have similar rigorous standards, it means that I look at
> culture and not only the political constitution of life in relation to
> the juridical order. If Agamben is describing an actual reality, then
> there will be other correlates to his theories besides his own work on
> the juridical order. The stuff in Hall, et al's _Policing the Crisis_
> surely has to be taken into account if anyone from cultural studies is
> seriously going to use Agamben. I simply see their respective works as
> being differential expressions of a singular problem, not disciplinary
> ideal types that are irreconcilably different.
> Here is a start on different understandings of homo sacer:
> the thing about hoodies is v. funny. especially considering my 'cool'
> friends tell me they are ment to be 'in fashion' at the moment.
> I was put onto the Nikolas Rose work on control, and it is close. His
> work on thinking about different layers of governmental to
> disciplinarity 'control' of welfare-workfare is interesting. I may be
> usful to think about in terms of 'mobility' or something similar for my
> Still haven't come across anything that engages with moral panic
> theory. Maybe it is not really that much of a big deal.
>> You seem to be implying that you believe that entirely different
>> philosophical and cultural positions can be simply merged on the
> basis of
>> a percieved similarity. Is that what you mean ? or are you arguing
>> there is a genuine similarity between the sociology of 'moral panic',
>> it's later development of 'subcultures' and the restricted and almost
>> sub-Situationist concern with the media, and the philosophical
>> which produces a notion of the 'bare life'.
>> For what it's worth we in the UK are now into our third moral panic
> of the
>> year - 'hoodies...' not a bare life i think merely the endless cycle
>> misrepresented young working class people.
>> As to your question - Todorov's humanist account of the camps might be
>> worth considering as a way of producing a critique of the 'bare
> life'. But
>> I'll ask around and see if anyone can think of something more along
>> lines you are thinking of... I'm making the assumption that the
>> and other Foucauldian work has already been considered - is that a
>> assumption ?
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> University of Western Sydney
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