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By M. Naseem

This ebook demanding situations the uncritical use of the lengthy held dictum of the advance discourse that schooling empowers girls. positioned within the post-structuralist feminist place it argues that during its present country the tutorial discourse in Pakistan truly disempowers girls.

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The genealogical method, with its emphasis on rejecting the primacy of origins, ideal significations, and original truth, helps me understand that knowledge does not simply uncover preexisting objects: it actually shapes and creates them. It also helps me understand that, since knowledge is not independent of the objects that it purports to study, it must be understood in its social and political context. The genealogical method comes to us from Nietzsche via Foucault where the former implores us to investigate the hidden and the secret history of a word in order to unearth the concealed context of the development of a concept.

I believe that it is imperative that we examine the ways, methods, practices, and techniques by which the official knowledge/ discourse (through curricula and textbooks in this case) normalizes populations. Similarly, it is also important to examine the ways in which the official knowledge deprivileges contending and competing forms of knowledge. The Genealogical Method From within the Foucauldian poststructuralist tradition, the genealogical method is of particular relevance to the study of gendered 18 Education and Gendered Citizenship in Pakistan subjectivities in/through the educational discourse in Pakistan.

For Foucault, histories must be thought and rethought so that an articulation that includes what has not been articulated and said shall come out. This is one of the major arguments for the decentering of the subject. As he writes in Power/knowledge: The individual is not to be conceived as a sort of elementary nucleus, a primitive atom, a multiple and inert material on which power comes to fasten or against which it happens to strike, and in doing so subdues or crushes individuals. In fact, it is already one of the prime effects of Michel Foucault and I 21 power that certain bodies, certain gestures, certain discourses, certain desires, come to be identified and constituted as individuals.

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