What's the meaning of this phrase of Michel Foucault: "in the space for movement thus conquered". The full sentence:

In the space for movement thus conquered, and broadening and organizing that space, methods of power and knowledge assumed responsibility for the life processes and undertook to control and modify them.

  • Is there any specific aspect of the (admittedly, verbose) phrasing that troubles you? ELU is not a Lit Crit site. Here are thousands of instances of "the space thus cleared", for example. It's just normal English. – FumbleFingers Mar 15 '14 at 16:34
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    What would you like it to mean? ;) – Dɑvïd Mar 15 '14 at 20:12
  • @Behzad - what's the source/context? Is he talking about space as a concrete contained field, or abstract concept? – Leon Conrad Mar 15 '14 at 20:45
  • @FumbleFingers - note 'conquered' in the original – Leon Conrad Mar 15 '14 at 20:46
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    @FumbleFingers as it stands the meaning of the whole passage seems important - how methods can assume responsibility for anything is a mystery - out of personal curiosity I'd like to see if I can track down the presumably? original French and compare. – Leon Conrad Mar 15 '14 at 21:19

It is supposed to mean "conquered in such a way" as an adverb. So I presume he wrote about methods of doing whatever it is that's being done, in the previous sentence.

Yet it could have instead meant "consequently" as an adverb (as well). But this doesn't seem to be the case.

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