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Foucault’s thinking on the power of discourse to shape attention and investigation

July 8, 2012

Nairn  et al include an interesting quote in their discussion… they write: “Lee (1996, 16) provides a useful summary of Foucault’s (1984) thinking on the power of discourse to shape attention and investigation:

A discourse has the power to create reality by naming and giving meaning to aspects of experience from a particular perspective. This power to create is always a “distributive” politics; that is, what is deemed to be real and true determines what is included and excluded, so that what cannot be named may not even be noticed.'”

Ref: P255  Karen Nairn, Judith Sligo, Claire Freeman (2006) ‘Polarizing Participation in Local Government: Which Young People Are Included and Excluded?’  Children, Youth and Environments 16(2), 248-271

Referring to: Lee, Alison (1996). Gender, Literacy, Curriculum: Re-Writing School Geography. London: Taylor and Francis.

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