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Use of pleasure as body control: confrontation between Foucaultian concept of biopower and the process of armoring of the ego in W. Reich's theory

Grant number: 13/11038-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2013
Effective date (End): December 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Fundamentals and Assessments in Psychology
Principal Investigator:Hélio Rebello Cardoso Júnior
Grantee:Yasmin Aparecida Cassetari da Silva
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):14/23661-5 - Aesthetics of the self and self-regulation: a genealogy vision of the health care, BE.EP.IC


This proposed undergraduate research deals with the relations between the notions of "power", "body" and "pleasure" working on the idea of the constitution of man as subject, based on an analysis of the thoughts of Michel Foucault and Wilhelm Reich about the guidelines that stipulate the use of pleasures. Drawing on Foucaultian concepts of discipline, biopolitics and biopower and Reichian concepts of character and armoring of the ego, we intend to examine how, for each of these authors, the different historical forms of subjectivation invest in the body inherent marks of power, regulating the use of pleasures by the subject. With this purpose, calculating and confronting the conceptual positions of Reich and Foucault, we will pass through the pr (AU)

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