Foucault, Abnormal, p. From the careful analyses of the maneuvers of psychiatric power in the previous year’s lectures ()—with. The genealogy of the abnormal individual offered by Foucault, one linking Abnormal In Canguilhem’s view, monstrosity and the monstrous. Students of history usually encounter major thinkers in a condensed form. They may associate the name of Michel Foucault with the term medicalization or.

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The question was, how can you let one go free and punish the other? Foucault expands on themes such as confession, the repressive hypothesis, the medicalization of the family, the emergence of psychiatry, and the sexual pervert.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. The Marie Lemarcis Case pp. The Anne Grandjean Case pp.


Foucault sees the emergence of a sexual monster. By continuing to use aabnormals website, you agree to their use. Its title is somewhat emblematic in that regard.

Because of this, she chose to wear boys clothes and she moved to another town and got married. From the vantage point of this volume, some of Foucault’s grand formulations in his better known book publications qualify as condensations of arguments he developed more extensively in lectures like the ones published in Abnormal. Jouy was a man of forty, but one whom adult women couldn’t take seriously.

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Michel Foucault: Abnormal, Chapter Three Summary | Theory and Play

Surprisingly, eighteenth-century physiognomy makes no appearance, to pick only one of many omissions. In short, Foucault claims that the abnormal individual represents a strategic synthesis of three figures only two of which receive treatment in these lectures: Thus Foucault reiterates the claim made in Discipline and Punish that penal psychiatry is situated within a rule-governed network of power and knowledge–a historical context characterized by the spread of disciplinary and normalizing techniques.


No matter how far back they went, these stories always depicted the results of an already existing repression of sexuality.

If only we knew more about the original audience’s responses, their mumbling or their laughter. AbnormalFoucault Leave a Comment. Jouy is the victim in his story.

The motiveless crime served, so Foucault fkucault, as a motor for the development of early criminal psychiatry. The discovery of instinct, an uncontrollable, involuntary and spontaneous natural impulse enabled these early psychiatrists to explain the motiveless crime, one that could not be explained by appealing to the logic of delirium typically used by alienists.

These seminal events, attended by thousands, created the benchmarks for contemporary social enquiry.

Notify me of new comments via email. And this failure to address her fate, coupled with his suspicion that Sophie was in some sense not even rapeable, undermines the critical effect of his own discourse on abnormality.

This site uses cookies. At the same time abnprmals these changes are occurring on the medico-legal front, abnormality is also being sexualized. On the other hand, the more Foucault says about the details of the case, the more disturbing evidence one finds of gender-bias in his reading of the case.

Between andFoucault’s public courses evolved in a series of interconnected themes: For psychiatry, the original function of which was to oversee public hygiene and protect the society from illness, forms of abnormality brought into focus by the spread of disciplinary techniques represented an inexhaustible domain of intervention. Archived Entry Post Date: In the first instance it seems clear that it is something that happens with our bodies.


Thus in him we see combined the figure of the monster, the onanist, and the incorrigible individual. Is it possible that with more feminist sensitivity he would have been more inclined to say what I wish he had said either, “It’s not entirely clear,” or nothing at all about the banality of moment before Jouy is rendered pathological?

Furthermore, situated as they are between the publication of Discipline and Punish February and History of Sexuality, Volume 1 Octoberthe lectures deepen our appreciation of the books insofar as they contain more developed analyses of some of their central themes. To be sure, this solution is much in tune with Foucault’s theoretical vision.

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The volume is eminently readable. Three Figures that Constitute the Domain of Abnormality pp. If in its early stages psychiatry intervened in legal settings on occasion to assess the degree of madness in rare and monstrous crimes, with the emergence of the abnormal individual in the second half of the nineteenth century, the connection between crime and madness becomes an everyday phenomenon.