Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The New Cultural History$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Lynn Hunt

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780520064287

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520064287.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use (for details see http://california.universitypressscholarship.com/page/535/privacy-policy-and-legal-notice).date: 22 October 2017

Michel Foucault's History of Culture

Michel Foucault's History of Culture

Chapter:
(p.25) One Michel Foucault's History of Culture
Source:
The New Cultural History
Author(s):

Lynn Hunt

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520064287.003.0002

This chapter explores both Michel Foucault's influence and his practices as a historian of culture. It also argues that Foucault studied culture through the prism of the technologies of power, which he located strategically in discourse. Specifically, the chapter is dedicated to three main concerns: Foucault's relation to and reception by members of the historical profession; Foucault's achievements and failures as a historian—whether or not in method, research, and concerns he operated within the discipline; and Foucault's influence on the writing of history and what the prospects are for the survival of such influence. Foucault's methodological challenges embraced one of the most traditional of historical endeavors: his collected works represent a new history of Western civilization. His study of culture is a history with beginnings but no causes. He also has refashioned historical understanding through practice rather than theory.

Keywords:   Michel Foucault, culture, historian, Western civilization, history

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.