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Redrawing Foucault's social ontology

Al-Amoudi, Ismael ORCID: 2007. Redrawing Foucault's social ontology. Organization 14 (4) , pp. 543-563. 10.1177/1350508407078052

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I propose that Foucault‟s works, since he wrote Discipline and Punish, rely on an implicit meta-theory that is compatible with the fundamentals of Critical Realism. To this end I examine the status of truth, methodology and social ontology used by Foucault. If this thesis is correct, then a critical realist reading of Michel Foucault would avoid some of the pitfalls that have been attributed to his works - such as constructivism, determinism, localism, and reductionism. Moreover, this understanding of Foucault‟s works would also offer novel and challenging perspectives for researchers adopting a Foucauldian and/or critical realist study of organizations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bhaskar; critical realism; epistemology; Foucault; knowledge; methodology; ontology; post-structuralism; power; social reality
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1350-5084
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 14:03

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