Towards an Insurrectionary Power/Knowledge: Movement-Relevance, Anti-Oppression, Prefiguration (2015)

Useful article on movement-relevant scholarship posted to Foucault News, part of my reading for the ‘Breaking Consent’ project detailed below (

Foucault News

Luchies, T.
Towards an Insurrectionary Power/Knowledge: Movement-Relevance, Anti-Oppression, Prefiguration
(2015) Social Movement Studies, 16 p. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2014.998643

Despite ongoing efforts to articulate radical methods and theoretical frameworks for social movement research, the field remains embedded in exploitative, oppressive, and hierarchical modes of knowledge production. Following Foucault, I argue that this is because societies like ours, founded through racial and patriarchal violence, are invested in a regime of truth supportive of that violence. In light of this, I argue that social movements scholars need to adopt a radically different form of knowledge practice. Building on anarchist, anti-racist feminist, and anti-colonial scholarship, this paper begins by analysing how liberalism constrains social justice organizing and how academic norms foreclose accountable social movements scholarship. I then introduce three unique ethics emerging in resistance to this situation: movement-relevant, anti-oppressive, and prefigurative. The first confronts the extractive imperatives of enlightenment truth-making…

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Assistant Professor of Geography and International Studies; School of Politics, Public Affairs, and International Studies at the University of Wyoming
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