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Foucault: On the Monstrosity of the Hermaphroditic Body


Stefanos Milkidis’ “Foucault: On the monstrosity of the hermaphroditic body” guides us through Foucault’s discourse on the hermaphrodite body. Focusing on two Foucauldian case studies, Milkidis traces the ways in which the hermaphrodite body is pathologized, underscoring the relationship between knowledge production and power relations. Milkidis’ emphasis on Foucault’s research proves fruitful to better understanding how the “deviant body” was historically demonized and pathologized as an abnormal “other” within medical spaces/discourse.

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