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  •  Discipline and Punish (3+ / 0-)

    I'd recommend starting there.  Most of his work is really good, but a lot of Foucault is not easily accessible even with a strong background in theory.  That's one of the better entries because it's readable and draws you into the bigger, more abstract concepts regarding knowledge and power smoothly.  At least, that's how it was in my case; Discipline & Punish was the key that allowed him to fully make sense for me.

    Friends who speak French as a first language say Foucault's much easier to understand in French, but I'm not entirely sure that's true.

    •  thanks (0+ / 0-)

      Good to know. We probably have a copy in the house.

      None of those hifalutin philosopher/critical theorist types are easy to follow. I have long wondered why they can't express their ideas more succinctly - with a 100-word overview of the general concepts - before launching into 5000 pages of self-referential, convoluted rambling. I want them to get to the point, which they never do. I've seen enough of that type of writing to agree Foucault is probably as obscure in French as he is in English. Who teaches these people to write, anyway? It's like there's a rule somewhere that they have to use a lot of big words and get into the tiniest nuances of different shades of meaning in order to talk about anything, and it has to take all fucking day. I don't have the brain power to hold on that long. Kudos to anyone with that kind of patience.


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