Can Foucault's Writing Shed Light on Our Current Crises?


Post-Structuralism may have largely cycled out of fashion, and few outside of the higher education setting are focussing on its key texts. With the socio-political upheaval that is roiling both the US and much of the rest of the world, however, Colin Koopman makes a compelling argument that now is a very appropriate time to re-engage with Foucault.

Foucault's inquiries into the various manifestations of power in culture and society speak to many of our current crises, such as the resurgence of ethno-nationalism, anti-immigrant sentiment and the proliferation of mass incarceration.

While many contemporary artists are responding urgently to such issues in their work, Foucault's ideas continue to serve as a useful theoretical framework for considering socially-engaged art in a broader context.