Anarchic Bodies: Foucault and the Feminist Question of Experience

Johanna Oksala

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    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
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


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