“But let us leave off our polemics about 'structuralism'; they hardly survive in areas now deserted by serious workers; this particular controversy, which might have been so fruitful, is now acted out only by mummers and tumblers.”
See Michel Foucault, The Archaeology of Knowledge, Tavistock, 1972. Later in the debate, this persona describes Foucault's project as an attempt “to deploy a dispersion that can never be reduced to a single system of differences…”. Such an aspiration may be vain (in both senses of the word) but the peculiar itinerary undertaken in this book was dictated by a similar ambition.
Hiding in the Light: Youth Surveillance and Display