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    Michel Foucault and the Forces of Civil Society.Kaspar Villadsen - 2016 - Theory, Culture and Society 33 (3):3-26.
    Michel Foucault has been presented as a unequivocal defender of civil society. He was particularly sensitive to diversity and marginality, aligned with local activism and bottom-up politics. This article re-assesses this view by demonstrating that despite his political militancy, Foucault never viewed civil society as an inherently progressive force. It traces Foucault’s struggle against his own enthusiasm for anti-institutional and anti-rationalist political movements. Inventing the notion of ‘transactional reality’, Foucault escaped the choice between naturalism and ideology critique, presenting civil society (...)
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    State-Phobia, Civil Society, and a Certain Vitalism.Kaspar Villadsen & Mitchell Dean - 2012 - Constellations 19 (3):401-420.
  3. Foucault–Maoism, Genealogy: The Influence of French Maoist Activism on Foucault's Method.Mads Peter Karlsen & Kaspar Villadsen - forthcoming - Political Theory.
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    Health Promotion, Governmentality and the Challenges of Theorizing Pleasure and Desire.Kaspar Villadsen & Mads Peter Karlsen - 2016 - Body and Society 22 (3):3-30.
    The relationship between pleasure and asceticism has been at the core of debates on western subjectivity at least since Nietzsche. Addressing this theme, this article explores the emergence of ‘non-authoritarian’ health campaigns, which do not propagate abstention from harmful substances but intend to foster a ‘well-balanced subject’ straddling pleasure and asceticism. The article seeks to develop the Foucauldian analytical framework by foregrounding a strategy of subjectivation that integrates desire, pleasure and enjoyment into health promotion. The point of departure is the (...)
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