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Title: Post-Foucauldian governmentality : What does it offer critical social policy analysis?
Authors: McKee, Kim
Keywords: Ethnography
HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Issue Date: Aug-2009
Citation: McKee , K 2009 , ' Post-Foucauldian governmentality : What does it offer critical social policy analysis? ' Critical Social Policy , vol 29 , no. 3 , pp. 465-486 . , 10.1177/0261018309105180
Abstract: This article considers the theoretical perspective of post-Foucauldian governmentality, especially the insights and challenges it poses for applied researchers within the critical social policy tradition. The article firstly examines the analytical strengths of this approach to understanding power and rule in contemporary society, before moving on to consider its limitations for social policy. It concludes by arguing that these insights can be retained, and some of the weaknesses overcome, by adopting Stenson's realist governmentality approach. This advocates combining traditional discursive analysis with more ethnographic methods in order to render visible the concrete activity of governing, and unravel the messiness, complexity and unintended consequences involved in the struggles around subjectivity.
Version: Postprint
Status: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0261-0183
Type: Journal article
Rights: (c)2009 Critical Social Policy Ltd and the author. This is an author version of the article. The definitive version is available from
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