Truth, purification and power: Foucault's genealogy of purity and impurity in and after The Will to Know lectures

Duschinsky, Robbie and Adey, Kate (2014) Truth, purification and power: Foucault's genealogy of purity and impurity in and after The Will to Know lectures. European Journal of Social Theory, 17 (4). pp. 425-442. ISSN 1368-4310

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Abstract

Foucault’s 1970–71 lectures at the Collège de France, The Will to Know, highlight the significance of themes of purity and impurity in Western thought. Reflecting on these themes coincided with the emergence of Foucault’s theory of power. This article presents the first analysis of Foucault’s investigation of purity and impurity in The Will to Know lectures, identifying the distinctive theory Foucault offers of purity as a discursive apparatus addressing correspondence between the subject and the truth through the image of relative integrity or mixture. It then traces Foucault’s subsequent reflections on these themes in his later writings on disciplinary power. The implications of Foucault’s position are considered; the article will close by putting Foucault’s ideas in dialogue with those of Kristeva, and in considering the role that purity and impurity may play in resistance.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online 13-2-2014 ahead of print.
Uncontrolled Keywords: essentialism, Foucault, impurity, Kristeva, truth
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2014 09:24
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 10:37
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/17955

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