Anarchic Bodies

Foucault and the Feminist Question of Experience

Johanna Oksala

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    Abstract

    The article shows that Michel Foucault's account of the sexual body is not a naive return to a prediscursive body, nor does it amount to discourse reductionism and to the exclusion of experience, as some feminists have argued. Instead, Foucault's idea of bodies and pleasures as a possibility of the counterattack against normalizing power presupposes an experiential understanding of the body. The experiential body can become a locus of resistance because it is the possibility of an unpredictable event.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)99-121
    Number of pages23
    JournalHypatia
    Volume19
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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    Oksala, Johanna. / Anarchic Bodies : Foucault and the Feminist Question of Experience. In: Hypatia. 2004 ; Vol. 19, No. 4. pp. 99-121.
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