Power: Breaking the Liberal Domination-Resistance Paradigm

Theories of power previous to Foucault were largely based in terms of sovereign or juridical power – roughly equivalent to the dynastic power of the monarch and the legal power of the social contract.  The sovereign view of power imagines power as an original right held by the king to which the subject responds.  As the state form emerged, power arrangements were recast according to a social contract that posits citizen-subjects that are afforded a minor autonomy that both limits and authorizes the power of government.  While most political and social theory is stuck within these two types of power, Foucault emphasized two forms of power that he argues have displaced the importance of sovereign and juridical power: disciplinary power and biopower.  Continue reading “Power: Breaking the Liberal Domination-Resistance Paradigm”

The Phenomenology of the Resonance-Reverberation Doublet

Political Acoustics?

Gaston Bachelard writes in The Poetics of Space:

to go so far and so deep, [we] must go beyond the sentimental resonances with which we receive (more or less richly – whether this richness be within ourselves or within the poem) a work of art. This is where the phenomenological doublet of resonance and repercussions must be sensitized. The resonances are dispersed on the different planes of our life in the world. While the repercussions invite us to give greater depth to our own existence. Continue reading “The Phenomenology of the Resonance-Reverberation Doublet”