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This is the PowerPoint presentation at the Race, Gender, & Class (RGC) conference in February 2010 at the University of New Orleans

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  • “ But equal pay is by no means just a women’s issue – it’s a family issue. It’s about parents who find themselves with less money for tuition or child care; couples who wind up with less to retire on; households where, when one breadwinner is paid less than she deserves, that’s the difference between affording the mortgage – or not; between keeping the heat on, or paying the doctor’s bills – or not. And in this economy, when so many folks are already working harder for less and struggling to get by, the last thing they can afford is losing part of each month’s paycheck to simple discrimination.” “ So in signing this bill today, I intend to send a clear message: That making our economy work means making sure it works for everyone. That there are no second class citizens in our workplaces, and that it’s not just unfair and illegal – but bad for business – to pay someone less because of their gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion or disability. And that justice isn’t about some abstract legal theory, or footnote in a casebook – it’s about how our laws affect the daily realities of people’s lives: their ability to make a living and care for their families and achieve their goals.”
  • Read p. 131 from Power/Knowledge in Foucault’s own words
  • Also read in Discipine & Punish, p. 194

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  • I Hear You Now How the Obama Presidency has Raised Expectations and Inspired Truth-Telling
  • Three events in 2009
    • Dr. Henry Louis Gates
    • “ Sherri”
    • “ Precious”
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • Dr. Gates
    • http://us.cnn.com/video/?/video/living/2009/07/23/bia.henry.gates.cnn
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • “ Sherri”
    • http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/sherri/video
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • “ Precious”, the movie
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xeo3IRaDeXI
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • Questions to consider:
    • Would any of these examples have stood out in 2007?
    • Would these stories have been presented differently in 2007?
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
    • What changed?
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • President Obama can help us out
    • http://www.whitehouse.gov/video/EVR012909?category=9
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • Observations
    • Expectations
    • Speaking out
      • Telling the “truth”
      • Dangerous truths
      • Racist remarks
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • Michel Foucault
    • “ Each society has its regime of truth, its ‘general policies’ of truth: that is, the types of discourse which it accepts and makes function as true; the mechanisms and instances which enable one to distinguish true and false statements, the means by which each is sanctioned; the techniques and procedures accorded value in the acquisition of truth; the status of those who are charged with saying what counts as true” (1980, p. 131)
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • Michel Foucault
    • Knowledge and power are intertwined
    • Dangerous truth as non-dominant discourse
    • Parrhesia (truth-telling) as care of the self
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • “ Precious,” the movie
    • Why film?
    • bell hooks
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQUuHFKP-9s
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • Michel Foucault
    • Knowledge (truth)
      • Involves discourse
        • Practices, techniques or rules that concern the speaking subject, power relations and the words themselves (Simola et al., 1998)
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • Michel Foucault
    • Truth becomes not only about knowledge (discourse or discursive formations) but also about the individual (the subject)
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • Michel Foucault
    • Subjectivity
      • A person is made into a subject through affiliation (or disaffiliation) as in “the mad and the sane, the sick and the heatlhy, the criminals and the ‘good boys’” (2003, p. 126)
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • Michel Foucault
    • Liberation
      • “ the individual is not something that needs to be liberated rather the individual is the closely monitored product of relations between power and knowledge” (O’Farrell, 2009)
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • Michel Foucault
    • Power
      • “ Power is everywhere; not because it embraces everything, but because it comes form everywhere” (1990, p. 93)
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • Michel Foucault
    • “ We must not cease once and for all to describe the effects of power in negative terms: it ‘excludes’, it ‘represents’, produces; it produces reality; it produces domains of objects and ritual of truth. The individual and the knowledge that may be gained of him belong to this production” (1995, p. 194)
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • “ Precious,” the movie
    • Taken from Push , by Sapphire (1997)
    • Claireece Precious Jones
      • Obese
      • 15 years old
      • Gets good grades
      • Cannot read or write
      • Pregnant by her father for the 2 nd time
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • “ Precious,” the movie
    • Precious is at the effect of
      • Her mother
      • The school principal
      • The sexual and physical abuse
    • Yet, she persists
      • Learns to read and write
      • Becomes independent of her mother
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • “ Precious,” the movie
    • She tells the truth about her family situation
    • This is not a truth we necessarily want to hear; it does not conform to dominant beliefs
      • Keep quiet
      • Deny
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
  • “ Precious,” the movie
    • The mother also tells the truth to the social worker
    • Not a truth we want to hear in the dominant White culture
      • Silence
      • Never admit culpability
      • Good girls
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans
    • Foucault, M. (1980). Power/knowledge: Selected interviews & other writings 1972-1977 . New York: Pantheon Books.
    • Foucault, M. (1990). The history of sexuality: An introduction . Volume 1. New York: Vintage Books.
    • Foucault, M. (1997). Discipline & punish: The birth of the prison . New York: Vintage Books/Random House.
    • Foucault, M. (2003). The subject and power. In P. Rabinow & N. S. Rose (Eds.), The essential Foucault: Selections from the essential works of Foucault, 1954-1984 (pp. 126-144). New York, NY: New Press.
    • O’Farrell, C. (2009, October 30). Key concepts. In michel-foucault.com . Retrieved from http://www.michel-foucault.com/concepts/index.html
    • Sapphire. (1997). Push . New York: Random House.
    • Simola, H., Heikkinen, S., & Silvonen, J. (1998). A catalog of possibilities: Foucaultian history of truth and education research. In T. S. Popkewitz & M. Brennan (Eds.), Foucault’s challenge: Discourse, knowledge, and power in education (pp. 64-90). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
    February 20, 2010 Jo Foy, RGC Conference, New Orleans