The History of Sexuality (I). Why “ sexuality ”. 對於權力的看法的轉變
“The case of the penal system convinced me that the question of power needed to be formulated not so much in terms of justice as in those of technology, of tactics and strategy, and it was this substitution for a judicial and negative grid of a technical and strategic one that I tried to effect in Discipline and Punish and then to exploit in ‘The History of Sexuality’.”
from ‘The History of Sexuality’ interview with Foucault by Lucette Finas, in Power/Knowledge, Colin Gordon ed., p. 184.
“For millennia the tendency has been to give us to believe that in sex, secretly at least there was to be found the alw of all pleasures, and that this I what justifies the need to regulate sex and makes its control possible” (ibid. 191).
“We are informed that if repression has indeed been the fundamental link between power, knowledge, and sexuality since the classical age, it stands to reason that we will not be able to free ourselves from it except at a considerable cost: nothing less than a transgression of laws, a lifting of prohibitions, and irruption of speech, a reinstating of pleasure within reality.”
to define the regime of power-knowledge-pleasure that sustains the discourse on human sexuality in our part of the world.