Michel Foucault (October 1926- June 1984) was a French philosopher and activist, pivotal in the conception of contemporary postmodern theory.
They are bred in the suburbs, and then sent to school. They attend Duke University, North Carolina State University, and University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. They are pumped with pertinent education, and then are suited to the world of production- the Research Triangle Park. Companies such as IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, RTI International, Cisco Systems, and institutions such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the U.S. Forestry Service constitute this park. All of these elements help turn the gears of the biopower system they are so very a part of. Facebook and Twitter grease the cogs.
Leading French thinker Michel Foucault’s theoretical notion of biopower- elaborated by him as the “numerous and diverse techniques for achieving the subjugation of bodies and the control of population,” is quite present in contemporary society. The Research Triangle, the smart-growth-charged region in North Carolina comprised of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, is a microcosmic example of this intangible relationship.
The identification of this relationship may be reactionarilly construed as baneful. However-biopower is a means to an end. This end, ironically put, is transpiring into something beautiful. This beautiful progress, the technological innovations and policy of these IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, RTI International, Cisco Systems, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the U.S. Forestry Service, improve the quality of life of all Triangle denizens. The awareness of biopower is crucial not for its own nullification, but rather its constructive elaboration.
How may this unique relationship be magnified?
Credits: Images and data linked to sources.