Interesting post from Jeremy Crampton here on Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault’s collection Le désordre des familles and the more recent National Security Letters in the US. He ends with a tantalising suggestion for a paper: “It would be very useful if someone could do a full comparison of the lettres de cachet and the NSLs”.
As he said in a post from a few years back, “this work is perhaps one of the most important remaining texts that has not seen an English translation”.
Both of these sound like projects that should be pursued. I suppose the relatively low proportion of Foucault to documentary material is one reason for the lack of English translation, but it’s surprising the ‘Presentation’ hasn’t been translated.