Foucault's Culture

922 Words 4 Pages
The Soviet 60s had similar cultural processes to those in Western Europe: it was a time of intellectual protest and liberalization. While France had the Revolution of 1968, the Soviet intellectual started liberty rights movement and in the 1970s, they were ostracized as dissidents. Strikingly, Bakhtin’s culture theory has similarities with French philosophical systems of the same time. First, his approach reminds of Foucault’s “History of Sexuality” and Guattari’s “Chaosmosis.” Bakhtin defined culture as the set of the ideas, which he called “forms of thinking” ; similar to episteme in Foucault. Forms of thinking, according to Bakhtin, operate with three elements: material, method, and content. These elements would be specification to Foucault’s “machinery of power,” which is the set of institutions that teach people how to behave. These institutions write scripts for thinking rather than just discipline and punish for disobedience. Foucault called those scripts discourses. There’s no escape from discourses, and there is nothing besides them between human and his or her being. The personal position is a combination of “strategies” proposed by a particular culture. According to Bakhtin,
…show more content…
By no accident, “Kyivproekt,” chose avant-garde style to reconstruct the city central street, Khreshchatyk, in 1954. The main building, a skyscraper, hotel “Moskva,” was built on the place of the first Kyiv’s skyscraper by Ginsburg (1912-1944) ruined in 1944. The reconstruction project was led by Anatol Dobrovolsky, who became the city architect four years before. In 1950, he received Stalin’s award of II range for “technology development, an organization of mass production and implication of hollow building and architectural ceramic.” After Kreshchatyk was restored from ruins, Dobrovsky worked on the Main Railway Station and Airport reconstruction, also made in avant-garde

Related Documents