A Hypothetical Power-Analysis of Foucauldian "Exchange" of People via Cultural Institutions


Institution marriage adoption kidnapping slavery employment
Privileged Position groom adopting family kidnappers slave-holders employers
Unprivileged Position bride adoptee kidnapped slaves employees

1)  What "normative" conditions do these assignments of privileged and unprivileged status assume?

2)  What cultural forces can subvert those conditions and reassign status?

3)  Which of these exchange circuits compensate the unprivileged in one exchange by assigning them privilege in another?

Hint: if the subversion or compensation does not occur in this exchange system, might it occur in the exchange of material goods or of ideas?