The stakes of the current shared interest in the idea and the practice of political inquiry are highlighted by the co-research led by Romano Alquati and the Prisons Information Group in which Michel Foucault participated. Each of these experiences produces knowledge through an “antisociology,” that is, through a refusal of the separation of inquiry from political intervention within two incarnations of capitalist power: technologically advanced factories and the prisons. This positioning also invites one to consider political inquiry as a fully fledged mode of organization, to be understood in the context of the debate of the 1960s and 1970s: we propose using Foucauldian thought to understand this form of inquiry as an “antagonistic apparatus” that acts as a “counterinstitution.”
Co-research as Counterinstitution
Julien Allavena is a doctoral student in political theory at the CRESP-PA-Labtop of the University of Paris 8 and is currently working on a historical genealogy of social inquiry as collective action.
Matteo Polleri is a doctoral student in philosophy at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa and Université Paris Nanterre whose research focuses on the relationship between Marx and Foucault.
Julien Allavena, Matteo Polleri; Co-research as Counterinstitution. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 April 2019; 118 (2): 457–469. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-7381370
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