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Type: Journal article
Title: The turn to problematization: political implications of contrasting interpretive and poststructural adaptations
Author: Bacchi, C.
Citation: Open Journal of Political Science, 2015; 5(1):1-12
Publisher: Scientific Research Publishing Inc.
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 2164-0505
2164-0513
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Carol Bacchi
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to introduce and elaborate the varied meanings of problematization in contemporary policy theory. The primary focus is on the different meanings and uses of the term in interpretivism and in Foucault-influenced poststructuralism. The paper argues that interpretive/ argumentative adaptations direct attention primarily to how policy makers/workers develop problematizations (ways of understanding a problem) while Foucault-influenced poststructuralists critically scrutinize problematizations (the ways in which “problems” are produced and represented) in governmental policies and practices. It concludes that Foucault-influenced adaptations provide a more substantive critique of extant social arrangements than interpretive approaches, which tend to be reformist in design and inclination.
Keywords: Problematization; poststructuralism; policy; foucault; interpretivism; problem representations
Rights: Copyright © 2015 by author and Scientific Research Publishing Inc. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY). http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
RMID: 0030037028
DOI: 10.4236/ojps.2015.51001
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