Paul Rabinow and Anthony Stavrianakis

in Designs on the Contemporary

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2014 | ISBN: 9780226138336
Published online September 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780226138503 | DOI:

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This chapter takes up Foucault’s identification of the necessity of inverting the priority of ideas and values over forms. The chapter discusses anthropological work on form specifically that work associated with practices of collaboration and the construction of foyer d’expérience,venues in which forms, modes and norms of knowledge, behaviour and experience are assembled. The chapter reflects on form-giving and ethical practice in foyers of the present (fieldwork) and the actual (after fieldwork). It poses the question of how to move beyond the actual. The chapter provides the conceptual resources for such movement, form-giving and collaborative practice by re-working Foucault’s parameters of ethical inquiry, an ethical fourfold drawing together and concluding our conceptual toolkit from Part 1.

Keywords: Foucault; Foyers d’expérience; Venues; Ethical fourfold

Chapter.  6684 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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