TITLE

NÃ¥r kritikken tager magten

AUTHOR(S)
Larsen, Lars Thorup
PUB. DATE
July 2008
SOURCE
Dansk Sociologi;jul2008, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p109
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article seeks to conceptualize the relationship between power relations and critique, but without formulating an external, normative yardstick for critique. On the contrary, the argument put forth here is that since power relations in themselves contain the possibility for internalizing critic, then an effective critique of these power relations must be internal and have a close relation to that which is the object for critique. This argument is developed by connecting the dots between some of Foucault's concepts -- in particular the notions of "contre-conduites" and the "tactical polyvalence of discourse" -- and a somewhat similar dynamic between hierarchy and critical mechanisms in Boltanski and Chiapello's work on the new spirit of capitalism. Based on this theoretical conceptualization of the dynamic, in which critique leads to a displacement of power relations, one can better understand the anti-authoritarian thrust of social critique after 1968. While this has not led to a replacement of power with pure self-government, it has however created an internalization of anti-authoritarian critique into new relations of power and government.
ACCESSION #
34114479

 

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