By David Kreps
Mapping the resonances, dissonances, and linkages among the idea of Gramsci and Foucault to discover new instruments for socio-political and significant research for the twenty-first century, this e-book reassesses the widely-held view that their paintings is incompatible. With discussions of Latin American innovative politics, indigenous knowledges, applied sciences of presidency and the educating of paediatrics in post-invasion Iraq, complexity thought, scientific anthropology and biomedicine, and the function of Islam within the transition to fashionable society within the Arab international, this interdisciplinary quantity offers the newest theoretical learn on diversified points of those thinkersa (TM) paintings, in addition to analyses of the explicit linkages that exist among them in concrete settings. A rigorous, comparative exploration of the paintings of 2 towering figures of the twenty-first century, Gramsci and Foucault: A Reassessment will attract students and scholars of social and political idea, political sociology, verbal exchange and media stories, and modern philosophy.
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1991; Marsden 1999; Torfing 1999; Morera 2000; Ives 2004; Stoddart 2005; Olssen 2006; Jessop 2007), along, no doubt, with other areas this author has no knowledge of. Marxist scholar Paul Ives (2004) sees many points of contact between the two – particularly between the notion of ‘grammars’ and of ‘discourse’. As he points out, in a way that is closer to Foucault’s analysis of power, Gramsci’s notion of spontaneous grammar shows how political influence works at the micro level and how even those who seem to have little power, working-class children for example, exert their dominance over peasant or immigrant children by making fun of the way they speak.
Even here attempts by corporate capital to gain domination over the ‘security’ of world food supplies show some of the ecological contradictions of capital accumulation, contradictions which are aided and abetted by compliant governments and lack of global regulation to protect the commons. Two recent pieces of evidence can be cited here. One is the collapse in fish stocks on the high seas, which from the vantage point of political economy can be considered as perhaps the largest ‘offshore’ location for capital accumulation, and as such it is a vast and unregulated zone for corporate activity.
Heather Brunskell-Evans situates her discussion in the context of a small case study of paediatric care – using imported Western psychological discourses – in post-invasion Iraq, focussing on the different slants both Gramsci and Foucault gave to the concept of humanism. She reminds us of Gramsci’s suspicion that sociology cannot ‘objectively’ study the conditions of a historically constructed ‘human nature’ since ‘the will and initiative of human beings, in transforming the social conditions of their existence, cannot be left out of the account’.