Meaning of Foucauldian in English:


Pronunciation /fuːˈkəʊdɪən/


(also Foucaultian)
  • Relating to or characteristic of the French philosopher Michel Foucault or his ideas.

    ‘the Foucauldian critique of psychiatry’
    • ‘The entire concept of the self is "shown up" as not only performative, not only unstable, not only compelling the Foucauldian "moral code", but as an illusion altogether.’
    • ‘Providing an insightful Foucauldian analysis of public opinion, she cuts to the "essence" of the word and its power in everyday life.’
    • ‘He introduces the reader to a number of theories, including Foucauldian and Marxist theories of dominance, power, and political economy.’
    • ‘Conceptual analysis by itself, without the reinforcement of a kind of Foucauldian archeology, is insufficiently powerful to help us in this task.’
    • ‘This is a Foucauldian argument that the prison system is an agent of the state, to legitimate the use of force against citizens.’
    • ‘The two recommended readings make use of Foucauldian concepts regarding space.’
    • ‘This reading works against the Foucauldian contention that these identities did not occur until the late nineteenth century.’
    • ‘Part of the criticism is that they advocate a Foucauldian genealogy but then proceed to evade the origins of hegemony.’
    • ‘A Foucauldian perspective may contribute to enrich the discussion.’
    • ‘Thirty years of Foucauldian postmodern critique has led to arguments that either ignore such laws or deride them as evil.’
    • ‘In Foucauldian terms, self-surveillance takes on a normative function during the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘Discipline, in Foucauldian theory, is a discursive framework by which activity is organised so that 'the correct training' of individuals occurs.’
    • ‘There may be a strong argument for a Foucaultian approach to youth power dynamics.’


(also Foucaultian)
  • A follower or student of the French philosopher Michel Foucault or his ideas.

    ‘in graduate school I spent my days jostling with Foucauldians’
    • ‘Foucaultians are skeptical of the Enlightenment notions of agency and critical reflection to which Marxists and other social critics have traditionally appealed in efforts to overcome oppression.’
    • ‘Arguments by analytic philosophers of language and Continental Foucaultians show us that we should not take up the categories of sex and gender uncritically.’
    • ‘I felt left out by what Foucaultians and other intellectuals like to call "gender norms".’
    • ‘I am less critical of the many aspersions against Foucauldians.’
    • ‘At one point the book maintains that recent attacks on the perspectives from Foucauldians and social constructionists are laudable.’
    • ‘The bulk of commentary on Foucauldianism has come from Marxists who accuse Foucauldians of "symbolic reductionism".’