Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Quote of the Week #5

"There cannot be relations of power [as opposed to domination] unless subjects are free. If one were completely at the disposition of the other and became his thing, an object on which he can exercise an infinite and unlimited violence, there would not be relations of power. In order to exercise a relation of power, there must be on both sides at least a certain form of liberty."
--Michel Foucault, The Final Foucault (quoted on p. 55 in Saidiya V. Hartman, Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self Making in Nineteenth Century America)

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