Lecture_6_Supplement - HUMA 2002 Lecture Six Supplement The question of the subject o Studies the different modes by which human beings are made

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HUMA 2002 - Lecture Six Supplement The question of the subject o Studies the different modes by which human beings are made subjects o Three modes of objectification which transforms us into subjects o Modes of inquiry that give themselves the status of sciences o Dividing practices (e.g. mad/sane, sick/healthy, criminals/law abiding) How we learn to turn ourselves into subjects (e.g. via sexuality) Theory of Power o Importance of understanding the historical conditions which motivate our conceptualization of a theory of power o Explores the relationship between rationalization and power o Instead of analyzing power in terms of its internal rationality, Foucault suggests we analyze it through what he calls the antagonism of strategies To understand what our society means by insanity we could look at what is happening in the field of insanity; same approach can be used to understand legality/illegality etc. Understand power by investigating forms of resistance o Need to go beyond simples concepts of anti-authority struggles to understand forms of resistance o Define what these struggles have in common Transversal struggles: not limited to one country Aim of struggles is the power effects as such People criticize instances of power which are the closes to them Struggles which question of the status of the individual Struggles which are an opposition to the effects of power which are linked with knowledge, competence and qualification - struggles against the privileges of knowledge All these present struggles revolve around the question: who are we?

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