Gay Ascesis: Ethics of Strategic Disorientation and the Pedagogies of Friendship

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


This chapter examines the relationship between Foucault’s provocative statements about homosexual ascesis based on friendship and pedagogy. The chapter situates pedagogy as an affective aspect of friendship within specific time/spaces. The chapter argues that a homosexual ascesis as friendship involves a strategic disorientation of the self, in relation to the self and to others. It is through various affective pedagogical aspects of pleasure and power which can produce disorientation that allows one to escape oneself.


Foucault Ascesis Pedagogy Friendship 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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