Handout: A brief guide to Michel Foucault’s vocabulary (VSNT, 1999)

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Home Page Content Bucket 1The Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy handout on the vexing and exciting vocabulary and philosophical understandings/meanings of Michel Foucault. Michael White was fond of saying that a narrative therapist’s practice would be severely limited without an understanding of Foucault’s ideas.


Michel Foucault


Foucault’s theories primarily address the relationship between power and knowledge, and how they are used as a form of social thought through societal institutions. His thought has influenced academics, especially those working in communication studies, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, literary theory, feminism, queer theory, critical theory and of course narrative therapy.


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