Foucault Facilitation: Smantha

In class notes:

Does Foucault care about agency? Is agency possible with Foucault?

Foucault is not quite concerned with subject. His subject is not the same with others’ ideas. Foucault shifts the focus of the subject. Because he is more concerned with govern-mentality and power. Psychology, linguistics, philosophy, rhetoric, and other issues are his concern. His extensive interest in history and the the present.

Foucault is constantly changing his theory according to interviews. His mind changes from time to time, which made different versions of his ideas on individuality, and so on.

Resistance versus agency? How could we resist panopticon?

Cooper’s subjest, and Foucault’s death of the subject in the postmodern sense.


No subject, Althusser.

How consciously and unconsciously we make choices in a system. For instance, credit score may impact one’s job hunting. Consumer consequences that you can choose, for example. The tactic to subverting the system, such as the term “agency”. The paradigm,  the apparatus, and the system. Capitalism, consumer, and protests, even violent revolution.

Creating a gaze: you don’t have to actually been in the panopticon, you just have to feel like you have been watched.

Before we structured the panopticon, we are in chaos. That makes the gaze possible between and among people, between people and institutions, between the internet and us, etc.

Althusser thinks  ideology interpellates individuals as subjects(115).

Anything I think is unnatural, but everything I touch is natural.


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