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News and resources on French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

Taylor, Chloe (2012). “Foucault and Familial Power”. Hypatia, 27 (1), p. 201-18.

This paper provides an overview of Michel Foucault’s continually changing observations on familial power, as well as the feminist-Foucauldian literature on the family. It suggests that these accounts offer fragments of a genealogy of the family that undermine any all-encompassing or transhistorical account of the institution. Approaching the family genealogically, rather than seeking a single model of power that can explain it, shows that far from this institution being a quasi-natural formation or a bedrock of unassailable values, it is in fact a continually contested fiction that masks its own histories of becoming.

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