File spoon-archives/foucault.archive/foucault_1998/foucault.9809, message 57

Date: Wed, 09 Sep 1998 23:08:32 -0600
Subject: Re: Foucauldian examinations of The Market

Oh, please.  So, in California, it didn't really happen until later.  Naturally,
cost-cutting is to blame, but I think you can't rule out the Foucault effect
entirely, much as you might like.  You can find evidence that something was a
cause if you've got a smoking gun, like a report which explicitly links the two,
but you can't find evidence that something was not a cause without a statistical
analysis that controls for the variables which you think are a cause.

Doug Henwood wrote:

> Nonsense. They were deinstitutionalizing mental patients in New York in the
> 1950s and 1960s. The clincher was the reduced spending. If F had really had
> an influence on policy, wouldn't more people have been questioning why U.S.
> society produces so many people it classifies as mentally ill?


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