Regicide and Resistance: Foucault's Reconceptualization of Power

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Abstract

This article examines the role of resistance in Michel Foucault’s political thought. The article recovers this otherwise obscured aspect of Foucault’s thought through a systematic analysis of his theoretical regicide and consequent reconceptualization of power, agency and resistance. It is argued that Foucault developed a highly original account of resistance, which was, and should continue to be considered, central to his thought and its critical potential. It is shown how Foucault’s concept of resistance overcomes the limitation of voluntarism and determinism, which continue to mare contemporary political theory, providing a passage from the critique of contemporary configurations of power to the irrepressible possibility that they may be contested and changed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDistinktion
Volume17
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)38-56
Number of pages19
ISSN1600-910X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016

Bibliographical note

Mikkel Flohr is a PhD fellow in political theory at Roskilde University, Denmark. His research projectis a critique of political theology departing from the early works of Karl Marx and G.W.F. Hegel. Healso teaches and works on issues in contemporary political economy and philosophy. He holds an MA in Philosophy and Contemporary Critical Theory from Kingston University and an MSc in PoliticalSociology from London School of Economics.

Keywords

  • Foucault
  • power
  • resistance
  • sovereignty
  • subject
  • agency

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