Foucault clearly states in The Will to Knowledge that this is not so, although it is admittedly comparatively difficult to understand his position, specifically that resistance to power just isn’t outside power. The point right here for Foucault is not that resistance is futile, but that energy is so ubiquitous that in itself it’s not an obstacle to resistance. One can’t resist power as such, however only particular methods of power, after which only with nice problem, given the tendency of strategies to soak up apparently contradictory tendencies. Still, for Foucault energy is never conceived as monolithic or autonomous, but rather is a matter of superficially stable buildings emerging on the idea of continually shifting relations underneath, brought on by an unending struggle between individuals.
This effect is neatly encapsulated in a comment attributed to Foucault that we may know what we do, but we do not know what what … Read More