S-Space College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학) Institute for Korean Regional Studies (국토문제연구소) 지리학논총 (Journal of Geography) 지리학논총 Volume 14 (1987)
歷史, 權力, 空間 : 미셀푸코와 歷史地理學
History, Power, Space: Placing Foucault on Historical Geography
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- 서울대학교 국토문제연구소
- 지리학논총, Vol.14, pp. 119-139
- According to Foucault, instead of pursuing the eternal and ideal being, we have to concentrate our attention upon the singularity of events in time and space, i.e. the temporal and spatial appearances of things. In this respect, as he himself says, geography, especially historical geography, must necessarily lies at the heart of philosophy and social theory. In this paper, we have seen why Foucault has been interested in space and tried to grasp problems of space in relation to power. That
is, his historical analysis of space is directly connected to the problematics of appearance in such a way that even the most transitory, accident and hence unpromising places are linked with domination of power relations. Thus seen from the Foucauldian point of view, historical geography should be concerned with the history of the present which enables us to see what is dangerous at the present, and hence oriented to a critique of spatial and temporal appearances in which knowledge is ever-increasingly assimilated with power: Foucault's historical geography is thus a geopolitics of power-knowledge. From this consideration of Foucault's vision of historical geography, this paper has tried to reinterpret and resolve some familiar or current problems in historical geography.