Re: sexual ethics

I'd like to add my two cents to the recent postings on Foucault and
therapeutic ethics.
In my treatment of this issue, sexuality is not specifically the topic.
Instead I have focused more broadly on the therapeutic governing of the
self as a problem for consumer culture, which brings up self-help and so

One paper I recommend above all (for those doing a more american history
approach) is jackson lears essay on therapeutic consumerism (low down on
this post). It's fantastic, as is his "no place of grace". A guy who is
probably completely indifferent (even hostile) to Foucault, but quite
close to foucauldian concerns.

Much of this is in chaos, owing to various cut and past formatting
problems, but it may prove as usefult to others as recent posts have
proven to me.


sam binkley


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2. NewSchool Periodicals

Foucault, Michel. Technologies of the Self: A Seminar with Michel
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Jay, Martin. The Limits of Limit-experience: Bataille and Foucault.
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(sorry 'bout the mess)

> Bauman, Z. (1988) Freedom, Milton Keynes: Open University Press.--------

> consumer,
> freedom, Foucault, markets, subject
> Bennet, T. (1988) 'The exhibitionary complex', New Formations 4:
> 73-103.--------
> shopping, consumer, liberalism, Foucault, markets
> Cline Cohen, P. (1982) A Calculating People: the Spread of Numeracy in
> Early America,
> Chicago: University of Chicago Press.-------- consumer, Foucault,
> rationality, markets
> Dews, P. (1989) 'The return of the subject in late Foucault', Radical
> Philosophy 51:
> 37-41.-------- foucault, subject, needs, consumer
> Foucault, M. (1983) 'On the genealogy of ethics', in H. L. Dreyfus and
> P. Rabinow (eds.), On the
> genealogy of ethics, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.--------
> Foucault, consumer,
> governmentality,
> Foucault, M. (1984) 'Polemics, politics and problematizations: an
> interview', in P. Rabinow
> (ed.), Polemics, politics and problematizations: an interview, New York:

> Pantheon.--------
> leisure, hobbies, governmentality, Foucault,
> Foucault, M. (1988) 'Technologies of the Self', in L. Martin, H. Gutman
> and P. Hutton (eds.),
> Technologies of the Self, Amherst: University of Mass Press.--------
> Foucault, self,
> governmentality, liberalism, consumer
> Foucault, M. (1988) 'The political technology of individuals', in L.
> Martin, H. Gutman and P.
> Hutton (eds.), The political technology of individuals, Amherst:
> University of Mass
> Press.-------- Foucault, self, governmentality, liberalism, consumer
> Gordon, C. (1987) 'The soul of the citizen: Max Weber and Michel
> Foucault on rationality and
> government', in S. Whimster and S. Lash (eds.), The soul of the citizen:

> Max Weber and Michel
> Foucault on rationality and government, London: Allen and Unwin:
> 293-316.-------- Weber,
> consumer, Foucault, liberalism
> Foucault, M. and R. Sennett (1981) 'Sexuality and solitude', in ,
> Sexuality and solitude,
> London: Junction Books.-------- body, sexuality, consumer
> Miller, P. and N. Rose (1990) 'Governing economic life', Economy and
> Society 19(1):
> 1-31.-------- Foucault, liberalism, consumer
> Rose, N. (1992) 'Governing the enterprising self', in P. Heelas and P.
> Morris (eds.), Governing
> the enterprising self, London: Routledge.-------- consumer, markets,
> Foucault
> Rose, N. (1991) Governing the Soul: the shaping of the private self,
> London:
> Rouledge.-------- Foucault, marketing
> Gutman, H. (1988) 'Rousseau's Confessions: a technology of the self', in

> L. Martin, H. Gutman
> and P. Hutton (eds.), Rousseau's Confessions: a technology of the self,
> Amherst: University
> of Mass Press.-------- Foucault, self, governmentality, liberalism,
> consumer, Rousseau,
> eighteenth century
> Giddens, A. (1991) Modernity and Self-Identity: Self and Society in the
> Late Modern Age,
> Cambridge: Polity.-------- consumer, self, subject, Foucault
> Gordon, C. (1986) 'Question, ethos, event: Foucault on Kant and
> enlightenment', Economy and
> Society 15(1).-------- foucault, liberalism, consumer, self,
> governmentality, needs
> Hacking, I. (1986) 'Making up People', in T. C. e. a. Heller (ed.),
> Making up People, Stanford, CA:
> Stanford University Press.-------- marketing, Foucault,


Lears, T. J. Jackson No Place of Grace: Antimodernism and the
Transformation of American Culture, 1880-1920 (Chicago, University of
Chicago Press, 1981)

Rieff, Philip The Triumph of the Therapeutic; Uses of Faith After Freud
(New York: Harper & Row 1966)

Lears, T. J. Jackson, "From Salvation to Self-Realization: Advertising and
the Therapeutic Roots of the Consumer Culture, 1880-1930", in The Culture
of Consumption: Critical Essays in American History, 1880-1990, ed.
Richard Wightman Fox and T. J. Jackson Lears. (New York: Pantheon Books,

Lears, T. J. Jackson, "The Ad Man and the Grand Inquisitor: Intimacy,
Publicity, and the Managed Self in America, 1880-1940," in George Levine,
ed., Constructions of the Self (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University
Press, 1992)

McClay, Wilfred M. The Masterless: Self & Society in Modern America
(Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 1994)

Sam Binkley
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