"The de-feminization of Turkish culture
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Opinion by Elif ŞAFAK
According to Foucault, in modern societies individuals are extensively controlled through standards of normality disseminated by a wide range of knowledge, extending from diagnostic to normative knowledge such as criminology, medicine and psychiatry. Modern individuals become the agents of their own 'normalization.' Today, the Foucauldian understanding of power is widely used when analyzing Western societies. However, when it comes to exploring the Middle East or Muslim societies, even scholars who are notorious for borrowing so much from Foucault seem reluctant to employ the Foucauldian scheme. "
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