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Foucault, Michel Line breaks: Mi¦chel Fou|cault
Pronunciation: /ˈfuːkəʊ/

Definition of Foucault, Michel in English:

(1926–84), French philosopher; full name Michel Paul Foucault. A student of Louis Althusser, he was mainly concerned with exploring how society defines categories of abnormality such as insanity, sexuality, and criminality, and the manipulation of social attitudes towards such things by those in power.


Pronunciation: /fuːˈkəʊdɪən/
Example sentences
  • The question of resistance is one that permeates much of the philosophical discussions surrounding Foucauldian theories, including feminist discussions.
  • That is, it does a bit of Foucauldian questioning, though quite what the activity of addressing amounts to remains unclear here, as in most postmodernist uses of this piece of jargon.
  • The individual can resist power in a Foucauldian sense.
Pronunciation: /fuːˈkəʊɪən/
Example sentences
  • Rather, pursuing a Foucaultian analysis, Denise Riley has tried to show the different ways different historical eras have constructed women.
  • This becomes all the more necessary in the context of the emergence of the Foucaultian concepts like ‘self-hood’ and ‘subjectivity’.
  • If one applies the Foucaultian parameter that theory is the deduction, on the basis of a number of axioms, of an abstract model applicable to an indefinite number of empirical descriptions, then postcolonialism will not fit.
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