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Dictionary of Postmodern Terms

  The This glossary of postmodern literary terms is a short collection of terms and definitions found in contemporary Literature and, in particular, in the works of the philosopher Foucault. It provides you with a vast array of terminologies and accurate explanations.


 
Created By: Lois Shawver
Submitted to the Babylon Information Platform
under the title A Dictionary of Postmodern Terms - Foucault Work

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repressive hypothesis

A term that Focault introduces in the History of Sexuality.  It is the view that truth is is repressed by a powerful force and that we can liberate ourselves by getting down to the truth.  Foucault opposes the "repressive hypothesis"
  to "bio-technico-power (or bio-power). (Dreyfus and Rabinow, p. 127).  The repressive hypothesis about sexuality is that western civilization has moved from a time of shameless sexuality to an era of repressed sexuality, restricted to the parents' bedroom. (Part 2 of the five part The History Sexuality is called The Repressive Hypothesis).  The repressive hypothesis holds that sex is repressed because it is incompatible with the work ethic in the rise of capitlism during the last two centuries.

In the repressive view of power "[All power] can do is forbid, and all it can command is obedience. Power, ultimately, is repression; repression, ultimately, is the imposition of the law; the law, ultimately, demands submission." (Dreyfus & Rabinow, p. 130)

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