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Single Idea 21116

[catalogued under 25. Society / C. Social Justice / 5. Right to Punish / d. Reform of offenders]

Full Idea

For Foucault power is less about repressing people or issuing commands, and more about producing identities and ways of living.

Gist of Idea

Power is used to create identities and ways of life for other people

Source

report of Michel Foucault (works [1978]) by Andrew Shorten - Contemporary Political Theory 01

A Reaction

I take this to be the culmination of the Hegelian view of a person, as largely created by social circumstances rather than by biology. I'm beginning to think that Foucault may be a very important philosopher - although elusive.

Book Reference

Shorten,Andrew: 'Contemporary Political Theory' [Palgrave 2016], p.9