On Michel Foucault: Power/Knowledge, Discourse, and Subjectivity

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Keywords: Power, Knowledge, Michel Foucault, Discourse, Resistance


The indubitable significance of Michel Foucault within the realm of modern humanities cannot be overstated. His far-reaching influence across various fields of study has proven to be of paramount importance. The present study is intended to bring into focus the most consequential critical concepts of Michel Foucault. While certain scholars have previously endeavoured to depict and reconceptualise Foucault's principal notions, many of them have tended to complicate the matter by problematising his understanding of these concepts. The most significant concepts include Discourse, Power, Knowledge, and Subjectivity. The nature and function of discourses in shaping knowledge and the relationship between knowledge and power have been subject to investigation. Additionally, this study sheds light on the manner in which subjects are shaped in the duality of power and resistance. The primary objective of this study is to offer a lucid definition of these terms and their interrelatedness.


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Younes Poorghorban, English Literature, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington 6012

YOUNES POORGHORBAN is a PhD candidate in English Literature at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Poorghorban’s research interests are Victorian Literature and Culture, Oscar Wilde, Post-apocalyptic Literature, and Ecocriticism. His latest publication is “Oscar Wilde's Ideal Woman: Constructing Victorian upper-class female identity in Wilde's Lady Windermere’s Fan” (2023).


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How to Cite
Poorghorban, Y. (2023). On Michel Foucault: Power/Knowledge, Discourse, and Subjectivity. OKARA: Jurnal Bahasa Dan Sastra, 17(2), 318-328. https://doi.org/10.19105/ojbs.v17i2.9749