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‘Disciplining’ Truth and Science: Michel Foucault and the Power of Social Science

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This article explores the works of French philosopher, Michel Foucault and examines its implications for understanding power and social relations. Despite this, there has been very little Foucauldian analysis of social science and its relationship to power (Powell 2012). Hence, the article discusses the relationship between Foucault’s conceptual tools of ‘power’, the emergence of ‘the modern subject’, the individual and the important concept of ‘body’ as they apply to a methodological and epistemological understanding of social science in contemporary society.
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  • Department of Social and Political Science, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ, United Kingdom
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