Foucault, Power and Participation

Foucault, Power and Participation International Journal of Children’s Rights 16 (2008) 395–406 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI 10.1163/157181808X311222 www.brill.nl/chil Foucault, Power and Participation Michael Gallagher Research Associate, School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, University of Edinburgh Abstract In this paper, I argue that Foucault’s work on power off ers a distinctive and original perspective with the potential to aff ord insights into the nature of participation. I begin by providing a brief exegesis of Foucault’s conceptualisation of power in his middle to late work. Th e notion of governmentality is drawn out as a potentially useful tool in understanding participation as a profoundly ambiguous phenomenon. I conclude by outlining some of the possible implications of Foucault’s thinking about power for studying children’s participation. Keywords power; participation; Foucault; governmentality Introduction Th is paper argues that Foucault’s work on power off ers a distinctive perspective with the potential to aff ord insights into the nature of children’s participation. I start from the premise that all of the activities currently grouped together under the rubric of participation in decision-making involve power of some sort. As such, thinking about what power is and how it can be analysed is crucial for understanding children’s http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The International Journal of Children's Rights Brill

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Brill
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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0927-5568
eISSN
1571-8182
D.O.I.
10.1163/157181808X311222
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International Journal of Children’s Rights 16 (2008) 395–406 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI 10.1163/157181808X311222 www.brill.nl/chil Foucault, Power and Participation Michael Gallagher Research Associate, School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, University of Edinburgh Abstract In this paper, I argue that Foucault’s work on power off ers a distinctive and original perspective with the potential to aff ord insights into the nature of participation. I begin by providing a brief exegesis of Foucault’s conceptualisation of power in his middle to late work. Th e notion of governmentality is drawn out as a potentially useful tool in understanding participation as a profoundly ambiguous phenomenon. I conclude by outlining some of the possible implications of Foucault’s thinking about power for studying children’s participation. Keywords power; participation; Foucault; governmentality Introduction Th is paper argues that Foucault’s work on power off ers a distinctive perspective with the potential to aff ord insights into the nature of children’s participation. I start from the premise that all of the activities currently grouped together under the rubric of participation in decision-making involve power of some sort. As such, thinking about what power is and how it can be analysed is crucial for understanding children’s

Journal

The International Journal of Children's RightsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: GOVERNMENTALITY; POWER; PARTICIPATION; FOUCAULT

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