Resisting Foucault: the Necessity of Appropriation

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    Michel Foucault's legacy muddies theoretical waters, forcing strange synergies and theoretical configurations. Growing from the murky ferment of French colonial history, the father of poststructuralism's story is as complex as that encounter, and his legacy is as mutating, unsettling and transformative. This paper focuses on the mutation and use of Foucault by Edward Said and, in a smaller but parallel way, on the transformative relationship between poststructuralism and postcolonialism. Through that focus, the paper offers a defence of a strategic or amateuristic theoretical appropriation of Foucault's work, both as an unavoidable necessity, and as a methodology of resistance to discipline and power which marries with the oeuvre and the tenor of Foucault.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)587-596
    Number of pages10
    JournalSocial Identities: Journal for the study of race, nation and culture
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • Appropriation
    • Discourse
    • Edward said
    • Foucault
    • Hegemony
    • Postcolonialism


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