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The New Cultural History$
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Lynn Hunt

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780520064287

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520064287.001.0001

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Michel Foucault's History of Culture

Michel Foucault's History of Culture

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The New Cultural History

Patricia O'brien

University of California Press

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

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