Comment on Nancy Fraser:
Rereading Foucault in
the Shadow of Globalization

Thomas Lemke



Nancy Fraser's interpretation of Foucault as theorist of fordist discipline is surprising for at least two reasons. First, Foucault clearly wrote not only about power and discipline, but also about different experiences, discourses, episteme, and technologies of the self – all central concepts at different points of his theoretical work. Moreover, his historical analyses concentrated on an era that came long before fordism: aside from his last works, Foucault’s investigations were confined to the period from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century.

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