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Foucault's Orient

The Conundrum of Cultural Difference, From Tunisia to Japan

Marnia Lazreg

332 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-622-5 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Not Yet Published (September 2017)

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“This is a serious and pivotal book that shows the limits of Foucault’s rejection of universalism and humanism. Lazreg’s book allows us to re-read Foucault within his boundaries.” · Massimiliano Tomba, University of Padua.

Foucault lived for two years in Tunisia and travelled to Japan and Iran more than once.  Yet throughout his critical scholarship, he insisted that the cultures of the Orient and the Occident constitute the “limit” of Western rationality. Using interviews with scholars familiar with him from Tunisia and Japan, the book examines the manner in which Foucault experienced and explained his encounters with non-Western cultures.

Marnia Lazreg is professor of sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her latest publications include Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad (Princeton, 2008); and Questioning the Veil: Open Letters to Muslim Women (Princeton, 2009).

Subject: General Anthropology General Cultural Studies Sociology
Area: Asia Africa

BISAC: SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural; SOC026040 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Sociology/Social Theory; SOC008000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Ethnic Studies/General

BIC: JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography; JFC Cultural studies



Chapter 1. The Chinese Encyclopedia and the Challenge of Difference  
Chapter 2. Madness and Cultural Difference
Chapter 3. Foucault and Kant’s Cosmopolitan Anthropology
Chapter 4. Foucault’s Negative Anthropology
Chapter 5. Foucault’s Anthropology of the Iranian Revolution
Chapter 6. The Heterotopia of Tunisia
Chapter 7. The Enigma of Japan
Chapter 8. Japan and Foucault’s Anthropological Bind



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