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Michel Foucault: Past and Present (Selected Problems of Social Control)

(Original title: Michel Foucault: Minulosť a súčasnosť (K niektorým otázkam sociálnej kontroly))
Filozofia, 70 (2015), 7, 505-517.
Type of work: Papers
Publication language: Slovak

Foucault labeled modern society also “disciplinary” or “panopticon” society. Do these characteristics apply to contemporary society as well? If they do, what are the visible signs of that? Further, seen from this perspective, what are the differences (if any) between contemporary society and that described by Foucault? What techniques of power and control does contemporary society apply? And what norms? These general questions are intended to be examined in more details in the frame of the body discourse. More precisely, it will be shown, how the issue of body is approached in the obesity discourse. The related concept of the dispositif of power will be examined as well.


Disciplines, Foucault, Obesity discourse, Panopticon, Power, Social control

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