The Archive of Life

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  • Title: The Archive of Life: Adapting a Foucaultian Power and Powerlessness of Society with a Focus on Alice Springs
  • Author(s): Richard Head
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Spaces & Flows
  • Keywords: Power, Alice Springs, Central Australia, Foucault, Place, Space, Omnipresence
  • Date: October 19, 2018
  • ISBN (hbk): 978-1-61229-964-8
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-61229-965-5
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-61229-966-2
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  • Citation: Head, Richard . 2018. The Archive of Life: Adapting a Foucaultian Power and Powerlessness of Society with a Focus on Alice Springs. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-61229-966-2/CGP.
  • Extent: 288 pages

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There has always been a presence of thinking from the lay person, philosophers, historians through to the most positivistic scientist that tries to explain sociality of life. However to understand that society is a complex beast with its multiplicity of existences that make up the whole, may best be looked at through how one place has survived. This brings one closer to the Truth of the matter. The book is an explanation of society creating its evolving landscape—utilising one place, Alice Springs—as a focused example over time, but of how the place developed through multiple resistances flowing back and forth from bottom up and top-down. From this theoretical/concrete background, the book aims to look at how power operates over time to ensure that society is an ongoing concern, and the imagining of a power behind the scenes that saturates and drives the whole process. Although the focus is Alice Springs, the Foucaultian analysis drawn is not reduced to just its locality. The scope of inquiry flows way beyond to, and through, multiple societal networks that share common Western ways of being, or are affected by them. From its colonial beginnings as a tentative toe hold within the Central Australian landscape to a fully developed representative of Western capitalism today, Alice Springs makes an ideal living laboratory of how contemporary society evolves and is. The presence of this laboratory of life is too good a reason not to address the meaning that is the Archive of Life.