Re: Foucault and journalism

On Wed, 1 Nov 1995, Welch wrote:

> Hi folks,
> I'm working on a paper about journalism and power relations in society.
> There's a lot of sociology stuff on the subject, and I've found what
> little I've read of Foucault (History of Sex vol. 1, parts of
> Knowledge/Power collection) compelling on the nature of power. Does
> anyone recall if he talks about journalism specifically anywhere? I
> regret my ignorance but am seeking to correct it...
> Cheers,
> Welch

I don't think that he ever wrote explicitly about journalism, but he was
involved in Journalist circles, often using the medium to forward one of
his various forms of political activism. The Eribon and Macey
biographies discuss this stuff. You might also look at interviews in
_Foucault Live_. But, many agree (including me) that there is some
tension (an interesting tension to say the least) between his theories of
power and some of this activism.


Erik D. Lindberg
Dept. of English and Comparative Lit.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI 53211
email: edl@xxxxxxxxxxx


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