Why Study Problematizations? Making Politics Visible

Published on Jan 1, 2012in The Open Journal of Political Science
· DOI :10.4236/ojps.2012.21001
Carol Bacchi26
Estimated H-index: 26
(University of Adelaide)
This paper introduces the theoretical concept, problematization, as it is developed in Foucauldian-inspired poststructural analysis. The objective is two-fold: first, to show how a study of problematizations politicizes taken-for-granted “truths”; and second, to illustrate how this analytic approach opens up novel ways of approaching the study of public policy, politics and comparative politics. The study of problematizations, it suggests, directs attention to the heterogenous strategic relations – the politics – that shape lives. It simultaneously alerts researchers to their unavoidable participation in these relations, opening up a much-needed conversation about the role of theory in politics.
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