Foucault, The History of Sexuality, Vol. I

When it comes to power relations, Foucault tries to overcome traditional assumption on power (p. 94-) by treating it as something exercised from not single and fixed point but multiple and mobile points. Thus, he could assert that the “points of resistance are present everywhere in the power network”(95) because the points of resistance will multiply as power relations are exercised everywhere in a social space. And yet he seems to deny the possibility of radical break in the system, since the “resistance is never in a position of exteriority in relation to power” and the points of resistance are heterogeneous.  Could this kind of Gramscian war of position in the civil society have still validity in overturning of dominating power relations? Or since the points of resistance are omnipresent, could the web of these resistances eventually be constitutive of a new – radical or not – forms of (govern)mentality?

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