Coronavirus biopolitics : the paradox of France’s Foucauldian heritage

Arminjon, Mathieu (HESAV School of Health Sciences, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) ; Marion-Veyron, Régis (Center for Primary Care and Public Health (Unisanté), University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland)

In this short paper we analyse some paradoxical aspects of France’s Foucauldian heritage: (1) while several French scholars claim the COVID-19 pandemic is a perfect example of what Foucault called biopolitics, popular reaction instead suggests a biopolitical failure on the part of the government; (2) One of these failures concerns the government’s inability to produce reliable biostatistical data, especially regarding health inequalities in relation to COVID-19. We interrogate whether Foucaldianism contributed, in the past as well today, towards a certain myopia in France regarding biostatistics and its relation to social inequalities in health. One might ask whether this very data could provide an appropriate response to the Foucauldian question: What kind of governance of life is the pandemic revealing to us?


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Santé
School:
HESAV
Institute:
Unité de recherche en santé, HESAV
Date:
2021-01
Pagination:
5 p.
Published in:
History and philosophy of the life sciences
Numeration (vol. no.):
2021, vol. 43, no. 1, art. 5
DOI:
ISSN:
0391-9714
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