Sex scandals, racial domination and the systemic correlation of power-modalities in foucault

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Apostolidis, Paul Constantine. (2011) Sex scandals, racial domination and the systemic correlation of power-modalities in foucault. Journal of Political Power. 4(2), pp. 179 - 198. https://doi.org/10.1080/2158379X.2011.589177
AuthorsApostolidis, Paul Constantine
Abstract

This essay explores relations between discourses of sexuality and race in US society today through an analysis of recent sex scandals, in a manner informed by Foucault and provoking further critical development of his theory. Sex scandal narratives demonstrate how sovereignty, discipline, and biopolitics currently combine to form a systemic correlation of power-technologies. This power matrix, in turn, enables strategies of racial domination through the war on terror, immigration control, and economic crisis management. Sex scandals both help bring these racial power-dynamics into view and reproduce them by fortifying the concatenation of power-modalities on which they rely.

Keywordssex scandals; sexuality; race; biopolitics; Foucault
Year2011
JournalJournal of Political Power
Journal citation4 (2), pp. 179 - 198
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN2158-379X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/2158379X.2011.589177
Scopus EID2-s2.0-79960982609
Page range179 - 198
Research GroupInstitute for Social Justice
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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