Truth, Power, Fascism and Silly Buggers
But every now and then a few postmods manage to break out of the humanities wing and publish in real science journals. Dear non-humanities Reader, a golden opportunity to find out what this is all about has just come on-line as a pre-print of a paper in the September issue of the International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare.
Ottawa-based Foucaultian nursing researcher Dave Holmes and three co-authors have written a paper with the telling title "Deconstructing the evidence-based discourse in health sciences: truth, power and fascism". Read it here, if you can stomach it.
"The philosophical work of Deleuze and Guattari proves to be useful in showing how health sciences are colonised (territorialised) by an all-encompassing scientific research paradigm – that of post-positivism – but also and foremost in showing the process by which a dominant ideology comes to exclude alternative forms of knowledge, therefore acting as a fascist structure."The co-authors are the rhetoric PhD editor of media studies e-journal Mediatropes, a doctoral student in medical ethics and a professor who did her PhD on kinesiology and describes herself as a "feminist critic of body-related institutions (e.g., sport, cultural media, health systems) [who] favours feminist cultural studies, poststructuralist and postcolonial approaches." Quite a dream team!
Alun alerted me to this thing, and scathing blogger commentary is here and here. Mind you, all criticism of the paper in question is of course just fascistic mind control by the establishment's lackeys.
Update 14 August: Says Dan Larhammar: "The International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare has only been issued since 2003. It is not yet on the ISI Web of Knowledge where journal citation reports are collated for the calculation of citation impact." So blogger criticism is giving an obscure paper unexpected exposure.
Update 28 August: the kinesiologist among the co-authors has not worked with the quack therapy applied kinesiology. Says Wikipedia, "Kinesiology encompasses human anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, biochemistry, biomechanics, exercise psychology and sociology of sport."
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