Foucault power undertheorised in psychological domain

Foucault (1977) considers power to be ubiquitous, in that the entire social structure operates under arrangements of power. His argument is understood in Hegelian dialectics but he explains it in his circular argument of power. Foucault, argues that human agency in power- knowledge discourse, shapes a structure in its discursive and non-discursive practices. Structure once formed has a functional role to play and through its discursive and non- discursive practices it in turn shapes individual identity in individuals regimes of truth. It is these regimes of truth that become the basis of endless political struggles. Politics is played in individuals’ regimes of truth where inequality is felt in human sufferings (physical and emotional) as perceived in their existentialist desires for self-continuity in their own logic. It is this inequality that challenges the conformity of old regimes and where new meanings to life emerge. Scholars who have this understanding identify psychological overtones in Foucault’s conceptualization of power and politics, which arise from individuals’ identities in their regimes of truth (Newton 1998; Mahoney and Yngvesson 1992). Foucault, however, negates any structural link to his work; whether it is biological or social. The present research also takes the view that Foucault’s work is psychological in origin and needs understanding in a relational paradigm of psychodynamics. in this sence politics could be seen played from individuals identity and becones the basis of resistance and change in iddividuals ideological stances. However, central to dialectics is the process of synthesis, Synthesis in psychological sense is seen in individuals sense of responsibility. Foucault perceives power to be enabling as well as disabling and political struggles as perpetual and central for human continuity in new configurations and meanings. However, in a psychological understanding inequality does not lead to the new configuration without being addressed in a ‘holding environment.’ Thus, the holding environment is an ontological position that provides a space for social justice, where political struggles are addressed and solved.