Foucault, Friendship, and Education

  • David Lee CarlsonEmail author
  • Nelson M. Rodriguez
Part of the Queer Studies and Education book series (QSTED)


This chapter serves as the introduction to our edited volume Michel Foucault and Sexualities and Genders in Education: Friendship as Ascesis. Here we introduce to the reader Foucault’s 1981 interview with the French gay magazine, Le Gai Pied, titled “Friendship as a Way of Life.” The interview serves as a theoretical and political grounding for the chapters across our collection. More specifically, we elaborate on Foucault’s notion of a homosexual ascesis based on experimental friendships and situate his reflections within the context and concerns of critical studies of sexualities and genders in education.


Ascesis Friendship Foucault Le Gai Pied Education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.The College of New JerseyEwingUSA

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