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ERIC Number: EJ814169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Negotiating Liberalism and Bio-Politics: Stylizing Power in Defense of the Mall Curfew
Amsden, Brian
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v94 n4 p407-429 Nov 2008
While Michel Foucault's "technologies of the self" are useful in explaining the convergence of liberalism and bio-politics, they fail to account for the appeal of juridical mechanisms that administer the conventions of bio-political control. A productive site from which to explore this convergence is provided by the "mall curfew," a bio-political mechanism designed to normalize the shopping experience and discipline the site's youth culture. Public justifications for the mall curfew legitimize and stylize its power by targeting a scene of life rather than individual agents, and by emanating from the private realm of the family. (Contains 95 notes.)
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Language: English
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