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Theorizing Gerontology – Jason Powell

October 18, 2012

still clearing old notes… this time from Theorizing Gerontology, by Jason Powell (though I’m not sure where the quote marks belong exactly!):

p123 …key aim of Foucault’s work has been “to create a history of the different modes by which, in our culture human beings are made subjects.” (1982, p208)  In The Birth of the Clinic (1973) and Madness and Civilisation (1967), Foucault traces changes in the ways in which physical deterioration was discussed which has obvious implications for gerontology. Foucault utilizes the distinctive methodology of archaeology for these studies that aim to provide “a history of statements that claim the status of truth.” Foucault’s later work, Discipline and Punish (1977) focuses on the techniques of power that operate within an institution and simultaneously create “a whole domain of knowledge and a whole type of power.” (p.185) This work is characterized as genealogy and examines the “political regime of the production of truth.” Both archaeology and genealogy are concerned with limits and conditions of discourses but the latter takes into account political and economic concerns.

…p124 Foucault was principally interested in how particular forms of knowledge came into existence and the social conditions that made this possible.

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