By Cynthia R. Nielsen
Nielsen deals a discussion with Foucault, Frederick Douglass, Frantz Fanon and the Augustinian-Franciscan culture, investigating the relation among social building and freedom and offering an traditionally pleasant, ethically delicate, and religico-philosophical version for person and life in a shared pluralistic global.
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In other words, though the improviser-subject is embedded in a sociohistorical milieu 24 ● Foucault, Douglass, Fanon, and Scotus in Dialogue that forms her, given the kind of being she is, she can contribute to and even radically alter her context. As she willfully and intentionally works out these changes, innovations, and reconfigurations in dialogue with the tradition, her own subjectivity is likewise reconstituted. 28 Her musical voice, style, and signature come to be otherwise. The ability to maneuver within and utilize the very structures, mechanisms, and discourses shaping us for emancipatory, re-creative purposes sits well with Foucault’s analyses of the subject.
It consists in Foucault and Subjectivities ● 25 taking the forms of resistance against different forms of power as a starting point. To use another metaphor, it consists of using this resistance as a chemical catalyst so as to bring to light power relations, locate their position, and find out their point of application and the methods used. 31 In this passage, Foucault drives home the interrelation of power and resistance. That is, he suggests that the best way to begin to grasp what he has in mind with power relations of the productive and not merely repressive sort is to analyze various resistance tactics occurring in particular localized historical contexts.
Likewise, because of their prison record, which of course follows them for the rest of their lives, they are easily monitored, tracked, and in many cases, owing to the stigma of a criminal record, locked into the lower socioeconomic strata of society. Recidivism is, of course, common with delinquents; but such a phenomenon is part of the feedback loop necessary for the proper functioning of the carceral system. ” 73 With the modern prison’s production of its new subjects, delinquents, we have a clear example of how intentional tactics and unintended strategies coexist, combine, conf lict, and while working at cross-purposes with one another, construct an apparatus so firmly entrenched in our social consciousness that we are unable to imagine an alternative to replace it.