Library Open Repository

Disciplining the feminine, the home and nature in three Australian public health discourses

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

Stratford, E (1994) Disciplining the feminine, the home and nature in three Australian public health discourses. Australian Journal of Communication, 21 (3). pp. 56-71. ISSN 0811-6202

[img]
Preview
PDF
Stratford-Disciplining_the_feminine2.pdf | Download (754kB)
Available under University of Tasmania Standard License.

Abstract

Within environmental studies, nature typically is conceived as an object out there, a pre-existing reality that we discover and know. Poststructural theorising about the production of knowledge as contingent and contextual has had very limited exposure in environmental studies, but its insights challenge the notion that nature is a priori and knowable. It is the purpose of this paper to examine poststructural concerns about the body, biopolitics, and governmentality, by focusing on the constitution of three categories of meaning - namely the feminine, the home and nature - in three Australian public health histories. The paper asserts that many communication devices - metaphor, metonymy, statement, text, and discourse - serve to conflate and reify these categories in highly problematic ways. Poststructural analysis may provide analytical avenues out of a morass of stereotyping generalisations about nature.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: environmental studies; body; biopolitics; governmentality; the feminine; the home; nature
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Communication
Page Range: pp. 56-71
ISSN: 0811-6202
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2008 02:58
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:40
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/6358
Item Statistics: View statistics for this item

Repository Staff Only (login required)

Item Control Page Item Control Page