Spatial metaphor as spatial technique in the work of Michel Foucault

Mitchell, Peta (2003) Spatial metaphor as spatial technique in the work of Michel Foucault. In Pinnell, Lorraina (Ed.) Interruption s: Essays in the Poetics/Politics of Space. Eastern Mediterranean University Press, Gazimagusa, pp. 47-55.

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This essay argues that the deployment of spatial metaphor in the writing of Michel Foucault is indivisible from his spatial politics. Beginning with his 1967 essay "Of Other Spaces," the development of Foucault's spatial politics and his growing awareness of the importance to his work of spatial (particularly geographic) metaphors can be charted. The focus here is not the concretisation of Foucault's early spatial obsessions—particularly with regard to the concept of "heterotopia"—into a theory or model. Rather, I am concerned with the way in which those obsessions inform Foucault's major works, in particular The Archaeology of Knowledge and Discipline and Punish. These works, I argue, do not develop a theory of space, but instead perform, through their rhetoric, a kind of spatial praxis. In this sense, Foucault's metaphors become "spatial techniques" for the practice and production of power–knowledge.

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ID Code: 69247
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Assigned B1 code for 2004 HERDC
ISBN: 9789758401147
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > Literary Theory (200525)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Eastern Mediterranean University Press
Deposited On: 26 Mar 2014 22:43
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016 14:45

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