A Foucault Primer: Discourse, Power And The Subject

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Who are we today? That deceptively simple question continued to be asked by the French historian and philosopher, Michel Foucault, who for the last three decades has had a profound influence on English-speaking scholars in the humanities and social sciences.; This text is designed for undergraduates and others who feel in need of some assistance when coming to grips with Foucault's voluminous and complex writings. Instead of dealing with them chronologically, however, this book concentrates on some of their ...

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Overview

Who are we today? That deceptively simple question continued to be asked by the French historian and philosopher, Michel Foucault, who for the last three decades has had a profound influence on English-speaking scholars in the humanities and social sciences.; This text is designed for undergraduates and others who feel in need of some assistance when coming to grips with Foucault's voluminous and complex writings. Instead of dealing with them chronologically, however, this book concentrates on some of their central concepts, primarily Foucault's rethinking of the categories of "discourse", "power", and " the subject".; Foucault's writings contribute collectively to what he himself calls "an ontology of the present". His historical research was always geared towards showing how things could have been and still could be otherwise. This is especially the case with respect to the production of human subjects.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857285536
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Alec McHoul is the author of Telling How Texts Talk and coauthor of Writing Pynchon: strategies on Fictional Analysis. He teaches at Murdoch University in Australia, where Wendy Grace is engaged in postgraduate work on Foucault.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Foucault's Counter-history of Ideas 1
General background: discourse, power and knowledge 1
Marxism 4
History of ideas 7
Structural linguistics 12
Critique 14
2 Discourse 26
Non-Foucauldian conceptions of discourse 27
Foucault's rethinking of discourse 31
Discourse and politics 42
3 Power 57
An ontology of the present 60
A disciplined society 66
Scientia sexualis 76
Analysis 87
4 The Subject 91
The sexual subject in ancient Greece 93
Sex and the self from Plato to Plutarch 106
Gender and sexuality: continuing problems 119
Bibliography 126
Index 133
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