From: "S. Legg" <sil21@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 10 Mar 2005 09:24:16 +0000
There is lots of interesting work emerging on postcolonial/Foucauldian
lines, a couple of the ones I find most useful are below:
See the shift in Said from devotion to rejection of Foucault in the
following two pieces: * Said E. 1972. Michel Foucault as an intellectual
imagination. Boundary 2, 1: 1-36. * Said E (1986) Foucault and the
imagination of power. In Foucault: A Critical Reader. Hoy D C (ed):
Others took up Foucault, however, including Chatterjee as noted in a
previous email. For one of the most indepth applications of a
governmentality approach to the colonial context see:
* Prakash G. 1999. Another reason: science and the imagination of modern
India. Princeton University Press: Princeton, N.J; Chichester
But also see * Chatterjee P. 2004. The politics of the governed:
reflections on popular politics in most of the world. Columbia University
Press: New York.
More textual based investigations can be seen in: * Lowe L. 1991. Critical
terrains: French and British orientalisms. Cornell University press:
And I think Behadad's incredible book also explores Foucault: * Behdad A.
1994. Belated Travellers: Orientalism in the Age of Colonial Dissolution.
Cork University Press: Cork.
There have been some interesting works by geographers along these lines,
for instance Clayton's work on British Columbia, Gregory's work on
Said/Foucault and the colonial present and Robinson's work on South
* Clayton D. 2000. Islands of Truth: the Imperial Fashioning of Vancouver
Island. University of British Columbia Press: Vancouver. * Gregory D. 1998.
Power, knowledge and geography - The Hettner lecture in human geography.
Geographische Zeitschrift, 86: 70-93. * Gregory D. 2004. The colonial
present. Blackwell: Oxford. * Gregory, D. 2005. The lightning of possible
storms. Antipode 36(5) 798-808 (An obituary piece for Said from a
Foucauldian perspective) * Robinson J. 1997. The geopolitics of South
African cities - States, citizens, territory. Political Geography, 16:
Corbridge et al have a forthcoming book which applies the governmentality
work to the development context of postcolonial India, and (excuse me) I
have a small chapter which attempts to make some links here too: *
Corbridge S, Williams G, Srivastava M and Véron R. forthcoming 2005. Seeing
the State: Governance and Governmentality in Rural India. Cambridge
University Press: Cambridge. * Legg S (forthcoming 2005) Post-Colonial
Developmentalities: From the Delhi Improvement Trust to the Delhi
Development Authority. In Colonial and Postcolonial Geographies of India.
Corbridge S, Kumar S and Raju S (ed): SAGE, London.
Another plug: these refs are from a chapter roughly entitled "Beyond the
European Province: Foucault and Postcolonialism" for a book on Foucault and
Geography edited by Stuart Elden and Jeremy Crampton. This should be out
next year some time.
All the best
Dr Stephen Legg
Department of Geography
University of Cambridge