A happy return to Foucault’s “Truth and Power”:

“Truth is a thing of this world: it is produced only by virtue of multiple forms of constraint.  And it induces regular effects of power.  Each society has its regime of truth, its ‘general politics’ of truth: that is, the types of discourse which it accepts and makes function as true; the mechanisms and instances which enable one to distinguish true and false statements, the means by which each is sanctioned; the techniques and procedures accorded value in the acquisition of truth; the status of those who are charged with saying what counts as true” (73).

It’s always good to return to Foucault, but especially today, when I listened to this conversation about Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.  Why is it so difficult to believe that this book doesn’t convey the ‘truth’ of Native experience even if it draws attention to the possibility of Native history and Native sources?  And yes – – the messy politics of worldliness means that history and knowledge are also quite complicated.


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