Up Against Foucault: Explorations of Some Tensions Between Foucault and Feminism

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Taylor & Francis Group, 1993 - Philosophy - 271 pages
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"Up Against Foucault" offers both a feminist critique of Foucauldian theories as well as an attempt to reconcile these seemingly irreconcilable perspectives. Feminists are often "up against Foucault" because he questions key conclusions in feminism regarding the nature of gender relations, and men's possession of power. This book, however, fills the gap in literature about Foucault by showing how his theories of sexuality and power relations are often applicable to the everyday realities of women's lives.
Drawing upon their diverse backgrounds in social theory and philosophy, the contributors discuss the ways in which Foucault provokes feminists into questioning their grasp of power relations, and examines the implications of his decision to overlook categories of gender in his discussion of sexuality and power relations.
They also show that in spite of his lack of interest in gender, Foucault's ways of understanding the control of women and female sexuality ultimately have much to offer feminism.

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A must-have book for postfeminist scholars eager to explore new applications of Foucault in feminist theory, this collection goes beyond Butler's work in Gender Trouble to investigate significant paradigm shifts in feminist takes on Foucault since the 1990s. Not content to follow the well-beaten road, the scholars in this volume open fresh possibilities, particularly as this concerns Foucault's signature method of testing the limits of what we know about sex and power, and questioning how we know it. 

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