Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Michel Foucault 's influence on Anthropology

Anthropologists are using ideas outside the field of anthropology especially from the fields of sociology and linguistics.The other fields are literacy criticism,philosophy and political theory.Anthropologists are using the idea of discourse as used by the French philosopher Michel Foucault who talked about knowledge and power built into the framework of the discourse.

Anthropologists influenced by Foucault sometimes replace the old idea of culture with the idea of discourse and its added implication that powerful groups may through discourse exercise control over less powerful groups.This shows that anthropology is not a closed system.It takes from other ideas and get enriched in return.

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