Keith Harris has been saying a bit about Deleuze, Guattari, Foucault and Fourquet’s discussions of ‘Les équipements du pouvoir’. He first shared his reading notes on Guattari’s contributions to a discussion with Foucault and Fourquet; and has followed up today with a clarification on the initial publication details.
Keith links to my list of Foucault’s collaborative projects, which I think illustrates just how important this model of working was for him. The pieces in question were first published in Généalogie du capital: 1 Les équipements du pouvoir: villes, territoires et équipements collectifs, Recherches, No 13, December 1973; which was then reissued as François Fourquet and Lion Murard, Les équipements du pouvoir, Paris: Union Générales d’Éditions 10/18, 1976. The Recherches issue isn’t that easy to find today, but the 10/18 book is fairly widely available.
Fourquet’s postface to this material was so long it was published as separate volume: Généalogie du capital 2: L’idéal historique, Recherches, No 14, January 1974; reissued as François Fourquet, L’idéal historique, Paris: Union Générales d’Éditions 10/18, 1976.
While the two discussions which involve Foucault were translated in Foucault: Live, to my knowledge none of the other material was. Keith links to a reprint of an essay by Fourquet that the discussion follows. And this work – largely undertaken for Guattari’s CERFI group – led to the volumes on Généalogie des équipements de normalisation with which Foucault was also involved. Fuller details of those here.
I will discuss Les équipements du pouvoir most fully in Foucault: The Birth of Power, but say a bit about it, and a lot about the Généalogie des équipements de normalisation projects in Foucault’s Last Decade. I hope Keith is able to translate some more of this work.