Michel Foucault: Discourse

Michel Foucault: Discourse

Key Concept The idea of discourse constitutes a central element of Michel Foucault’s oeuvre, and one of the most readily appropriated Foucaultian terms, such that ‘Foucaultian discourse analysis’ now constitutes an academic field in its own right. This...
Michel Foucault: Archaeology

Michel Foucault: Archaeology

Key Concept In 1968, Jean Hyppolite,1Jean Hyppolite was a key influence on the work of Foucault, particularly with regard to Hyppolite’s interpretation of Hegel, whom Foucault later rejected. See D Macey The Lives of Michel Foucault (1994) Chapter 2. chair in...
Judith Butler: Performativity

Judith Butler: Performativity

Key Concept Butler’s notion of ‘performativity’ is most famously associated with her views on gender and is important for critical legal thinkers because performativity is deeply entangled with politics and legality. Her focus on performance has been widely...
Nancy Fraser: Subaltern Counterpublics

Nancy Fraser: Subaltern Counterpublics

Key Concept Subaltern counterpublics are discursive arenas that develop in parallel to the official public spheres and “where members of subordinated social groups invent and circulate counter discourses to formulate oppositional interpretations of their identities,...