Foucault in Iran, 1978–1979 (Print copy)

Foucault in Iran, 1978–1979 (Print copy)

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Open access book available at https://doi.org/10.4102/aosis.2020.BK203

Author: Johann Beukes
Publication date: 2020

In 1978 Michel Foucault went to Iran as a distinguished intellectual – but novice political journalist – controversially reporting on the unfolding revolution, undeniably compromising and wounding his reputation in the European intellectual community. Given the revolution’s bloody aftermath and its violent theocratic development, is Foucault’s Iranian expedition simply to be understood as a critical error in judgement, with disastrous consequences for his legacy? What exactly did Foucault hope to achieve in Iran in 1978-1979, explicitly supporting the cause  ... Read more