A Foucauldian Analysis of Homosexuality

Educational Philosophy and Theory 44 (3):259-275 (2012)
The present research paper approaches homosexuality from a Foucauldian perspective. Foucault's place and standing in a postmodern historical and cultural context will be explained. The paper outlines how homosexuality has been historically constructed and socially constituted. How sexuality became understood as a particular form of discourse, that is as a science, will be explored particularly with regard to the strategic use of confession as a producer of knowledge. I will present how homosexuality, as a medicalized, ontological identity was implanted in bodies and an entire pathological population was created. To reverse an excessive medicalized discourse of homosexuality, Foucault's prescription of moving to the care of self and predicating sexuality on the pleasure of bodies as opposed to scientific or clinical ideology will be discussed. Such critical analysis facilitates new imaginative spaces that can enable educators to engage in meaningful and informed dialogue around the various discourses surrounding homosexuality in a postmodern historical and cultural context
Keywords medicalization  subjectivity  Foucault  homosexuality  confession  discourse
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    Mark Olssen (2005). Foucault, Educational Research and the Issue of Autonomy. Educational Philosophy and Theory 37 (3):365–387.
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