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A Foucault Primer: Discourse, power and the subject

McHoul, A. and Grace, W. (1995) A Foucault Primer: Discourse, power and the subject. Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group, Oxford, UK.

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Abstract

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.

Publication Type: Book
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Media, Communication and Culture
Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright: 1993 Alec McHoul and Wendy Grace
Publishers Website: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/97818572855...
Notes: First published by Melbourne University Press in 1993
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/9584
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