An Outline of a Contribution to the Elaboration of a Methodology for the Study of Techniques of Biopolitical Governing in Socialist Regimes and Societies Cover Image
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Скица на един принос към изработването на методология за изследване на техниките на биополитическо управление в социалистическите режими и общества
An Outline of a Contribution to the Elaboration of a Methodology for the Study of Techniques of Biopolitical Governing in Socialist Regimes and Societies

Author(s): Momchil Hristov
Subject(s): Anthropology, Philosophy, Social Sciences, History of Philosophy, Philosophical Traditions, Social Philosophy, Sociology, Methodology and research technology, Social Theory
Published by: Фондация за хуманитарни и социални изследвания - София
Keywords: Foucault; socialism; totalitarianism; revisionism; biopolitics; techniques of power

Summary/Abstract: This paper discusses the possibility of applying Foucauldian analytical tools in the study of socialist political regimes and societies. The main argument is that Foucauldian analytics of micro-power relations goes beyond both the totalitarian and revisionist paradigms which focus exclusively on repressive and ideological state apparatuses and see resistance to the regimes as exterior to them. By so doing, both paradigms remain caught in the so-called “repressive hypothesis” accentuating the negative character of power exercised in socialist regimes. Foucault, on the other hand, could give us a more contextualized and complex description of how power relations (and biopolitical techniques in particular) operate positively in concrete historical situations, producing knowledge and truth (not “false consciousness”), groups, individuals, and subjects that function in a constantly unstable (and thus historically changing) conjuncture of forces.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 44/2
  • Page Range: 103-125
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Bulgarian