Disciplinary Relations/Sexual Relations: Feminist and Foucauldian Reflections on Professor–Student Sex
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Hypatia 26 (1):187-206 (2011)
Drawing on Michel Foucault's writings as well as the writings of feminist scholars bell hooks and Jane Gallop, this paper examines faculty–student sexual relations and the discourses and policies that surround them. It argues that the dominant discourses on professor–student sex and the policies that follow from them misunderstand the form of power that is at work within pedagogical institutions, and it examines some of the consequences that result from this misunderstanding. In Foucault's terms, we tend to theorize faculty–student relations using a model of sovereign power in which people have or lack power and in which power operates in a static, stable, and exclusively top-down manner. We should, however, recognize the ways in which individuals in pedagogical institutions are situated within disciplinary and thus dynamic, reciprocal, and complex networks of power, as well as the ways in which the pedagogical relation may be a technique of the self and not only of domination. If we reconsider these relations in terms of Foucault's accounts of discipline and technologies of the self, we can recognize that prohibitions on faculty—student sexual relations within institutions such as the university are productive rather than repressive of desire, and that such relations can be opportunities for development and not only for abuse. Moreover, this paper suggests that the dominant discourses on professor—student relations today contribute to a construction of professors as dangerous and students as vulnerable, which denies the agency of (mostly female) students and obscures the multiplicity of forms of sexual abuse that occur within the university context
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Michel Foucault (1977). Discipline and Punish. Vintage Books.
Michel Foucault (1988). Politics, Philosophy, Culture: Interviews and Other Writings, 1977-1984. Routledge.
Michel Foucault (2005). The Hermeneutics of the Subject: Lectures at the Collège De France, 1981-1982. Palgrave-Macmillan.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Caroline Ramazanoglu (ed.) (1993). Up Against Foucault: Explorations of Some Tensions Between Foucault and Feminism. Routledge.
Sue Ei & Anne Bowen (2002). College Students' Perceptions of Student-Instructor Relationships. Ethics and Behavior 12 (2):177 – 190.
Christopher Mayes (2009). Pastoral Power and the Confessing Subject in Patient-Centred Communication. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 6 (4):483-493.
Helga Varden (2006). A Kantian Conception of Rightful Sexual Relations. Social Philosophy Today 22:199-218.
Allison Weir (2009). Who Are We?: Modern Identities Between Taylor and Foucault. Philosophy and Social Criticism 35 (5):533-553.
Ian Burkitt (1993). Overcoming Metaphysics: Elias and Foucault on Power and Freedom. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 23 (1):50-72.
Mary R. Rose & Karla Fischer (1998). Do Authorship Policies Impact Students' Judgments of Perceived Wrongdoing? Ethics and Behavior 8 (1):59 – 79.
Susan Bickford (1993). Why We Listen to Lunatics: Antifoundational Theories and Feminist Politics. Hypatia 8 (2):104 - 123.
M. Lavin (1987). Mutilation, Deception, and Sex Changes. Journal of Medical Ethics 13 (2):86-91.
Céline León (2008). The Neither/nor of the Second Sex: Kierkegaard on Women, Sexual Difference, and Sexual Relations. Mercer University Press.
Clare Palmer (2001). “Taming the Wild Profusion of Existing Things”?: A Study of Foucault, Power, and Human/Animal Relationships. Environmental Ethics 23 (4):339-358.
Patricia R. Owen & Jennifer Zwahr-Castro (2007). Boundary Issues in Academia: Student Perceptions of Faculty - Student Boundary Crossings. Ethics and Behavior 17 (2):117 – 129.
Added to index2010-09-30
Total downloads28 ( #58,875 of 1,096,449 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #231,754 of 1,096,449 )
How can I increase my downloads?