How method travels: genealogy in Foucault and Castro-Gómez

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This paper examines whether, and how, Foucauldian genealogy travels to contexts and problematizations beyond the method's European site of articulation. Our particular focus is on the work of Colombian philosopher Santiago Castro-Gómez, whose work includes both a systematic defense of the usefulness of Foucauldian inquiry for decolonial study and genealogical inquiry in a Foucauldian spirit but in a context beyond Foucault's own horizon of study. We show that taking up Foucault's work in the context of Latin America leads Castro-Gómez to significantly change Foucauldian concepts, categories, and methods. We further survey the potential synergies of decolonial thought and Foucauldian critique, while also highlighting how their joint mobilization requires a revision and problematization of key commitments of both approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInquiry (United Kingdom)
StatePublished - 2020


  • Castro-Gómez
  • Foucault
  • Genealogy
  • coloniality
  • method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy


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