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Subject, object: Overlapping discursive effects?


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The theories of subjectification developed by Judith Butler and Bronwyn Davies from Foucault’s writing can provide a powerful reading of the moment by moment production of a counsellor and her client. However in the midst of a doctoral research project I became interested in the ways in which hegemonic discourses of state power influenced the production of some counselling relationships as was apparent in some accounts of practice in my data. I found that Butler and Davies’ theories of subjectification only provided a partial explanation for these situations. I returned to Foucault and reconsidered his concept of the discursive object and also his references to the objectivization of the subject to produce a more satisfactory theorizing of the effects of hegemonic discourse on the moment by moment production of counsellor, client and the counselling relationship.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Discourse, Foucault, Butler, subjectification, objectivization
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Development
Depositing User: Alastair Crocket
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2011 22:28
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 02:30

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