Foucauldian feminism: The implications of governmentality

Catriona Macleod, Kevin Durrheim

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Foucauldian discourse has stimulated debates amongst feminists concerning its usefulness for the feminist endeavour. A specific criticism centres around his concentradon on the micro-strategies of power and the resultant implication for emancipatory practice. We counter these arguments by introducing Foucault's work on governmentality. We explore some of the central tenets of this work that attempts to integrate micro- and macro-level analyses of power, grounding our theoretical discussion with an analysis of some of the discursive constructions surrounding adolescent sexual and reproductive health in South Africa. Finally, we discuss the implication of governmentality for resistance and feminist political practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-60
Number of pages20
JournalJournal for the Theory of Social Behaviour
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • General Psychology


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