Michel Foucault : the unconscious of history and culture

O'Farrell, Clare D. (2013) Michel Foucault : the unconscious of history and culture. In Partner, Nancy & Foot, Sarah (Eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Historical Theory. SAGE Publications Ltd, Los Angeles, pp. 162-182.

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Abstract

Michel Foucault: The unconscious of history and culture The French thinker, Michel Foucault (1926–84), is noted for his extensive and controversial forays into the historical disciplines. When his work first began to circulate in the 1950s and 1960s, historians did not quite know what to make of it and philosophers resented the appearance of what they saw as the importation of the tedium of concrete events into the pure untainted realm of ideas. If these responses to his work remain alive and well decades after Foucault's death, the uptake of his work has become far more complex. To restrict ourselves to the discipline of history here: if one very visible and vocal camp of historians remains deeply ambivalent about his work, this merely disguises the fact that a far larger contingent of historians of all kinds – not just those located in history departments – use his ideas quite unremarkably ...

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ID Code: 58500
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Michel Foucault, historiography, historical theory, philosophy
ISBN: 9781412931144
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPECIFIC FIELDS (220200) > History of Ideas (220209)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Deposited On: 21 Mar 2013 04:39
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2016 16:43

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