The Foucault Finale

For me, the most important concept addressed in this class was something we encountered early on, and I found to actually be applicable to most of the issues we talked about. This concept was Foucault’s philosophy that the groups in power – that is, the group which holds dominant social power – dictates the language used within society.

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What’s Sex Got to do With…Race?

Individuals with a non-normative gender or sexual identity, as well as a race which is constrained by society in different ways, experience this matrix of identity in a very different way than the rest of society. This concept is called refracted identity, and refers to individuals who have more than one socially stigmatized identity, which then affects how they are able to maneuver and function in the world.

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