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Sara Mills
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May 8, 2003 0415245699 978-0415245692 annotated edition
It is impossible to imagine contemporary critical theory without the work of Michel Foucault. His radical reworkings of the concepts of power, knowledge, discourse and identity have influenced the widest possible range of theories and impacted upon disciplinary fields from literary studies to anthropology. Aimed at students approaching Foucault's texts for the first time, this volume offers:
* an examination of Foucault's contexts
* a guide to his key ideas
* an overview of responses to his work
* practical hints on 'using Foucault'
* an annotated guide to his most influential works
* suggestions for further reading.
Challenging not just what we think but how we think, Foucault's work remains the subject of heated debate. Sara Mills' Michel Foucault offers an introduction to both the ideas and the debate, fully equipping student readers for an encounter with this most influential of thinkers.

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Sara Mills has published on feminism, post-colonial theory and linguistics. She is currently Research Professor at Sheffield Hallam University.

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  • Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; annotated edition edition (May 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415245699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415245692
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.2 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overpowering Foucault... March 25, 2004
Sara Mills' text on Michel Foucault is part of a recent series put out by the Routledge Press, designed under the general editorial direction of Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London), to explore the most recent and exciting ideas in intellectual development during the past century or so. To this end, figures such as Martin Heidegger, Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jacques Derrida, Paul Ricouer and other influential thinkers in critical thought are highlighted in the series, planned to include more than 21 volumes in all.
Mills' text, following the pattern of the others, includes background information on Foucault and his significance, the key ideas and sources, and Foucault's continuing impact on other thinkers. As the series preface indicates, no critical thinker arises in a vacuum, so the context, influences and broader cultural environment are all important as a part of the study, something with which Foucault would agree.
Why is Foucault included in this series? Foucault is probably second only to Jacques Derrida in influence on thinkers in the field of critical theory and cultural studies, and his impact has gone far beyond narrow intellectual confines to influence psychology, politics, literature, sociology, philosophy, linguistics, history and anthropology. Mills indicates that Foucault's primary focus is on issues of power, knowledge and discourse, with influence in the development of a lot of `posts' - post-modernism, post-colonialism, post-Marxism, post-structualism, etc.
Foucault often concentrated on the ignored, the forgotten or the overlooked in his studies.
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Michel Foucault is perhaps the one continental philosopher whom I can both understand and stomach. He has a peculiar attitude: he isn't a member of any particular school of philosophy, nor does he advocate any particular ideology. Nevertheless, many contemporary feminist and queer theory philosophers use him as a touchstone for developing their ideas.

Sara Mills has done an excellent job in helping the reader understand Michel Foucault's key ideas. And, as always, there is a section at the end which lists all of Foucault's works, along with comments as to how readable and accessible the reader will find them. A great starting point for learning about Michel Foucault. John V. Karavitis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book February 16, 2013
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This book is a great read, I suggest that anyone who is interested in rhetoric and composition get this book! It's an easy read and the author wrote it in a way you can understand it!
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