Michel Foucault: fashioning the body politic

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This chapter examines fashion practices and discourses through the work of philosopher Michel Foucault. The growth of academic interest in Foucault’s work has reflected shifts in thinking about the nature of power, but how might we apply his concepts to the embodied practices of fashion and dress? Follows the development of Foucault's thinking from the objectifying effects of the sciences, modes of power/knowledge, to biopolitics; this chapter highlights the value of his body of work to research on the social and political significance of fashion. Thinking Through Fashion has been translated into Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Russian. A revised 2nd edition will be published in 2023.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThinking Through Fashion: A Guide to Key Theorists
EditorsAgnés Rocamora, Anneke Smelik
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherIB Tauris
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print) 9781780767345
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameDress Cultures


  • biopolitics
  • governmentality
  • control
  • power
  • resistance
  • fashion
  • body


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