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Michel Foucault's work is one of the most influential sources of ideas in the humanities and social sciences today. Clare O'Farrell offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to Foucault's enormous, diverse and challenging output. Her book provides a range of practical tools and a reference work for readers who wish to understand and apply his ideas at both introductory and advanced levels. This volume includes: a discussion of Foucault's situation in the contemporary context exploring his role as an iconic thinker, with clear explanations as to why his work is so difficult to come to grips with, and also importantly, why it is of interest to so many people; the location of Foucault's work within its own historical, social and political setting; brief summaries in ...

Four a Tool Box for Cultural Analysis
Four a tool box for cultural analysis

If merely reading Foucault's work, poses enormous problems, taking the next step and deciding how to actively use it poses a whole labyrinth of additional difficulties. Foucault often described his own work as a ‘tool box’, a description which has been eagerly seized upon by numerous commentators. He writes:

I would like my books to be a kind of tool box which others can rummage through to find a tool which they can use however they wish in their own area … I would like [my work] to be useful to an educator, a warden, a magistrate, a conscientious objector. I don't write for an audience, I write for users, not readers. (1974e: ...

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