Mitchell Dean – Rebel, Rebel? Revisiting the radical legacy of Michel Foucault via David Bowie (2016)

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Mitchell Dean, Rebel, Rebel? Revisiting the radical legacy of Michel Foucault via David Bowie, Stanford University Press blog, 19 Feb 2016

In order to understand any major thinker and their legacy, it is important to consider their context—a truism that is very hard to put into practice, especially when the thinker in question belongs both to the recent past but is still very much a part of our present. In part, this explains the wealth of discussion swirling around the recent passing of a certain protean pop icon who left behind a singular era-defining legacy. It’s also for this reason that another standout cultural figure of the seventies—a certain French philosopher—has become so difficult to situate in our contemporary moment.

I speak, of course, of David Bowie and Michel Foucault whose political projects paralleled one another in intriguing ways. Whether in the intellectual works of the philosopher, or the…

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