Foucault, feminism and history

Lisa Featherstone

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Abstract

Michel Foucault's contribution to postmodern history has been widely discussed, critiqued and admired. Several major theoretical works have addressed the idea that theorists can appropriate Foucauldian theory for feminist means. I wish to merge these two areas of analysis and consider the use (and abuse) of Foucault for feminist history. In order to do so I offer a two-fold examination: first, of the significance of Foucauldian modes of analysis for feminist theories; and second, a consideration of Foucault's relevance for feminist historians. The aim is to examine the potential for a feminist alliance with Foucault and to explore its political ramifications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFeminist alliances
Place of PublicationAmsterdam ; New York
PublisherRodopi
Pages77-90
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9042017287
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Publication series

NameValue inquiry book series
PublisherRodopi B.V.
Volume175

Keywords

  • feminism
  • feminist theory

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    Featherstone, L. (2006). Foucault, feminism and history. In Feminist alliances (pp. 77-90). (Value inquiry book series; Vol. 175). Amsterdam ; New York: Rodopi.