DiscourseuFoucault treats discourse “sometimes as the general domain of all statements, sometimes as in individualizable group of statements, and sometimes as a regulated practice that accounts for a certain number of statements.”Foucault, M. (1972). The archaeology of knowledge. London: TavistockPublications. (p. 80)
u“Power functions. Power is exercised through networks, and individuals do not simply circulate in those networks; they are in a position to both submit to and exercise this power. They are never the inert or consenting targets of power; they are always its relays. In other words, power passes through individuals. It is not applied to them.”uFrom Society Must Be Defended (1997: 29)
uDiscourse is PRODUCTIVE. It doesn’t just DESCRIBE things like sexuality it SHAPES,CONSTRAINS AND CONSTITUES them.
u“Foucault criticizes the traditional understanding of sexuality as a natural libido yearning to break free of social constraint. He argues that desires are not pre-existing biological entities, but rather, that they are constituted in the course of historically specific social practices. He emphasizes the generative aspects of the social organization of sex rather than its repressive elements by pointing out that new sexualities are constantly produced.”uRubin, p. 146.