Dispositive currently redirects to this article. What about the dispositive from Michel Foucault's Discourse analysis? German Wikipedia has an own article on Foucault's dispositive. To give a hint to those I might hopefully inspire to start an English article on Dispositive (Foucault), German sociologist Siegfried Jäger defines Foucault's dispositive as "an interaction of mental images, interpersonal, and verbal actions based upon a shared knowledge pool, as well as the act of constructing definitions by means of such images and interactions, including all of this defining process's consequences". Or, quoting Foucault's own words:
- [A dispositive is] "a quite heterogeneous ensemble comprising of discourses, institutions, architecture, regulations, administrative measures, scientific statements, philosophical, moral, or philanthropic propositions, or in short: the said and the unsaid. These are the elements the dispositive is made of, whereas the dispositive itself is the net woven between all these elements."
The German Wikipedia article traces that quote by Foucault to a German translation of one of his works, Dispositive der Macht. Über Sexualität, Wissen und Wahrheit ("Dispositives of power: On sexuality, knowledge, and truth"), published in 1978. I'm still trying to find out the original French and/or translated English title of that book. The most closely resembling article, however, you get when entering dispositif in French Wikipedia seems to be fr:Institution disciplinaire. --184.108.40.206 (talk) 22:59, 21 March 2009 (UTC)
- PS: This online dictionary forum entry suggests that the common English translation of Foucault's dispositif appears to usually be apparatus (if it's not left untranslated and put into italics), and giving alternate definitions of setting, setup; arrangement. Any opinions? Maybe the required article should rather be Dispositif, in French. Oh, my bad, it exists! >.< Still, what about the fact dispositive still redirects to this article about Dispositive motion in law? Maybe some disambiguation is in order? --220.127.116.11 (talk) 23:16, 21 March 2009 (UTC)