Foucault – The Mesh of Power

Foucault’s 1976 lecture ‘The Mesh of Power’ is available online in English (with a link to the French) at Viewpoint Magazine. This lecture was previously translated by Gerald Moore for the Space, Knowledge and Power: Foucault and Geography collection Jeremy Crampton and I edited. But this version includes the discussion that followed Foucault’s lecture. Thanks to Peter Gratton for the link.

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6 Responses to Foucault – The Mesh of Power

  1. Teo Ballvé says:

    This is one of my favorite Foucault lectures. Does anyone know more precisely the references he’s making to Marx’s Capital? I have not found talk of power(s), army, etc in Volume II. Is he actually referencing the chapter on cooperation in Volume I? Anyone know?

    • I don’t know either but I bet it’s in Zizek somewhere. Evidently Fidel knew. He told Che not to go to Bolivia because he couldn’t succeed without the backing of the army.

      • But Che succeeded beyond his wildest imaginings even more so than Fidel. Che’s picture of his CIA murder hangs in the presidential palace of a democratically elected leader. And the UN and the US has diplomatic realations with Bolivia. Ha ha eat your heart out Fidel.

    • stuartelden says:

      I think he means the second volume of Capital as it appeared in French translation, which is the second half of volume I in the English standard edition. I should have spotted this for the note in the Foucault and Geography book.

  2. Clare O'Farrell says:

    Reblogged this on Foucault News.

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