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Single Idea 21947

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / C. Ruling a State / 4. Changing the State / a. Centralisation]

Full Idea

Foucault's analysis suggests that meaningful revolution, hence genuine liberation, is impossible: the only alternative to the modern net of micro-centres of power is totalitatian domination. Hence his politics, even when revolutionary, is always local.

Gist of Idea

Power is localised, so we either have totalitarian centralisation, or local politics


report of Michel Foucault (Discipline and Punish [1977]) by Gary Gutting - Foucault: a very short introduction 8

Book Reference

Gutting,Gary: 'Foucault' [OUP 2005], p.88

A Reaction

It is hard to disagree with this.