By Perry Zurn
Shaped within the wake of may perhaps 1968, the Prisons info workforce (GIP) used to be an intensive resistance flow energetic in France within the early 1970's. Theorist Michel Foucault was once seriously concerned. This ebook collects interdisciplinary essays that discover the GIP's assets either for Foucault reports and for criminal activism at the present time.
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Extra info for Active Intolerance: Michel Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition
Ibid. See also Edith Rose, “Rapport de Mme Rose, psychiatre de la Centrale de Toul” (1972), FGIP-AL, 164–168. Serge Livrozet is the author of several books, most famously De la Prison à la r é volte (1973; Paris: L’Esprit frappeur, 1999), for which Foucault wrote the preface. See “Pr é face” (1973), FDE1, no. 116, 1262–1267. A significant exception to this trend is Nicolas Drolc’s recent documentary, Sur les toits–Hiver 1972: mutineries dans les prisons françaises (Les Mutins, 2013). In 1980, Foucault characterized Discipline and Punish as a book that “owes much to the GIP .
By analyzing the GIP’s Marxist (and Maoist) roots, Hoffman argues that its investigations were never intended to neutrally represent prisoners’ voices but to expressly politicize them. In “The GIP as a Neoliberal Intervention: Trafficking in Illegible Concepts” (chapter 10), Shannon Winnubst contends that the GIP’s questionnaires, insofar as they traffic in banal details, cut against humanist ideology by blurring the boundary between innocence and guilt, ultimately frustrating neoliberal tendencies.
And they courageously interrogate the consistently difficult issues facing us today, especially Active Intolerance: An Introduction ● 15 related to embodiment and voice. Ultimately, however, these essays provide us with insight into the nature of active intolerance as both a model of political engagement and a mode of philosophical reflection. Indeed, Active Intolerance insists that neither politics nor philosophy exist independently of each other or of the distinct creaturely needs of those consistently marginalized and hyperpoliced.