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Abusing Foucault: Methodology, critique and subversion

Soyland, A.J. & Kendall, Gavin P. (1997) Abusing Foucault: Methodology, critique and subversion. History and Philosophy of Psychology Section Newsletter, pp. 9-17.

Abstract

This paper examines the uses to which Foucault's work has been put in a variety of areas in the social sciences. The argument is made that Foucault's work is often used to legitimate practices which bear little resemblence to the original and are frequently based on a misunderstanding of his method. Foucault's work should not be turned into a slogan and then inserted within an existing political project. Foucault's work invites scepticism rather than dogmatic belief. The argument is illustrated with examples.

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ID Code: 16
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Foucault, methodology, discourse analysis
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1997 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 04 Jun 2004
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:21

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