Michel Foucault argues that truth is not to be emancipated from power.
Given that museums have played a central role in these “regimes of truth,” Foucault’s
work was a reference point for the debates around “the new museology” in the 1980s and
remains so for contemporary debates in the field. In this introduction to a new volume
of selected essays, the use of Foucault’s work in my previous research is considered
in terms of the relations between museums, heritage, anthropology, and government.
In addition, concepts from Pierre Bourdieu, science and technology studies, Actor
Network Theory, assemblage theory, and the post-Foucaultian literature on governmentality
are employed to examine various topics, including the complex situation of
Indigenous people in contemporary Australia.