Foucault Explained with Hipsters

A comic I made for a second year gender studies course I tutored for in 2012, to help students understand some of the themes from Foucault’s The History of Sexuality Vol.1:f1

f2All page references from Foucault, M. (1976 [2008; trans 1978]), The History of Sexuality: Volume 1., R. Hurley, [trans], Victoria: Penguin Group

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  7. What’s left out in this explanation is the whole last part of “History of Sexuality, Volume I” where Foucault outlines how, rather than just constituting the sexuality of individuals, this proliferation of knowledge/power helps constitute the ideologies and institutions of totalitarian regimes, and pseudo-scientific forms of racism.

    • That is certainly an excellent point Ian. This study guide was made for undergraduate students, specifically focusing on getting them to understand the “repressive hypothesis”. You wouldn’t believe how many students only read the first 20 pages and end up writing essays that say “as Foucault says, we are all repressed”!

      • However, while the repressive hypothesis is persistent (and from a Foucauldian perspective, a myth), Foucault’s interest in questioning that hypothesis soon becomes secondary to his concern for discussing the role of sexuality (as a topic of discourse) has in underpinning totalitarianism and racism. These concerns are particularly important to him because of his adolescence during the Vichy Regime. Whatever else, Foucault was interested in, living through both WWII and the Cold War was always in the background.

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    • Hi Felipe, thanks for your enthusiasm to bring this comic to the Spanish speaking world! Feel free to put on your blog, though I’d definitely recommend using a Spanish version of ‘History of Sexuality’ as your basis- translating theory is sticky business I hear. Just cite that the original English version is here 😀

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