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Resilience as Governmentality: The DFID's Discourse of Resilience as a New Field of Power

Daouk, Fadi LU (2014) STVK12 20141
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to shed light on the relation between resilience as a discourse and governmentality. Drawing on theory by Foucault, a comparison and application of liberal governmentality will be made with contemporary resilience policy. The DFID, a global leader in resilience-building, will serve as a case to show in what ways power-relations are embedded within the organisation’s discourse. In doing so, I am interrogating the nature of resilience. Moreover, a Foucauldian discourse analysis will demonstrate how ideology and political interests are invested in resilience, which otherwise is presented as a normative referent to sustainable change. My theory and method will, hence, bring together a counter-narrative of... (More)
The purpose of this paper is to shed light on the relation between resilience as a discourse and governmentality. Drawing on theory by Foucault, a comparison and application of liberal governmentality will be made with contemporary resilience policy. The DFID, a global leader in resilience-building, will serve as a case to show in what ways power-relations are embedded within the organisation’s discourse. In doing so, I am interrogating the nature of resilience. Moreover, a Foucauldian discourse analysis will demonstrate how ideology and political interests are invested in resilience, which otherwise is presented as a normative referent to sustainable change. My theory and method will, hence, bring together a counter-narrative of resilience. Because this paper adopts a critical perspective, my interpretations of resilience will point to concepts such as bio-power, how it gives meaning to resilience as a term, and how it renders populations amenable to calculated intervention. Based on this, emphasis will be put on reading language and knowledge as aspects of power. Together, they shape a wider discourse of resilience that can be understood as a modern governmentality operating within liberal frameworks. (Less)
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Daouk, Fadi LU
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STVK12 20141
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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resilience-discourse, the DFID, risk-management, liberal governmentality, bio-power.
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English
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4451482
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2014-06-18 12:17:25
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this paper is to shed light on the relation between resilience as a discourse and governmentality. Drawing on theory by Foucault, a comparison and application of liberal governmentality will be made with contemporary resilience policy. The DFID, a global leader in resilience-building, will serve as a case to show in what ways power-relations are embedded within the organisation’s discourse. In doing so, I am interrogating the nature of resilience. Moreover, a Foucauldian discourse analysis will demonstrate how ideology and political interests are invested in resilience, which otherwise is presented as a normative referent to sustainable change. My theory and method will, hence, bring together a counter-narrative of resilience. Because this paper adopts a critical perspective, my interpretations of resilience will point to concepts such as bio-power, how it gives meaning to resilience as a term, and how it renders populations amenable to calculated intervention. Based on this, emphasis will be put on reading language and knowledge as aspects of power. Together, they shape a wider discourse of resilience that can be understood as a modern governmentality operating within liberal frameworks.},
  author       = {Daouk, Fadi},
  keyword      = {resilience-discourse,the DFID,risk-management,liberal governmentality,bio-power.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Resilience as Governmentality: The DFID's Discourse of Resilience as a New Field of Power},
  year         = {2014},
}