Ethics, government and sexual health: Insights from Foucault

Winch, Sarah (2005) Ethics, government and sexual health: Insights from Foucault. Nursing Ethics, 12 2: 177-186. doi:10.1191/0969733005ne774oa

Author Winch, Sarah
Title Ethics, government and sexual health: Insights from Foucault
Journal name Nursing Ethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0969-7330
Publication date 2005-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1191/0969733005ne774oa
Open Access Status
Volume 12
Issue 2
Start page 177
End page 186
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 220101 Bioethics (human and animal)
Abstract The work of Michel Foucault, the French philosopher who was interested in power relationships, has resonated with many nurses who seek a radically analytical view of nursing practice. The purpose of this article is to explore 'ethics' through a Foucauldian lens, in a conceptual and methodological sense. The intention is to provide a useful framework that will help researchers critically to explore aspects of nursing practice that relate to the construction of the self, morality and identity, be that nurse or patient related. The fundamentals of the research method of genealogy and the methods of ethics are reviewed. Using an example taken from the sexual health practice area, advice is given on how to structure data collection, incorporate interview data, avoid discourse determinism and measure resistance.
Keyword Critical analysis
Critical ethics
Sexual health
Q-Index Code C1

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