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A Foucauldian Gaze on Gender Research: What Do You Do When Confronted With the Tunnel at the End of the Light?

Margaret Walshaw 

November 2001, Volume 32, Issue 5, Page 471

This article, the focus of which is on girls in mathematics, engages poststructural debates over knowledge and power to explore how female subjectivity is lived within the classroom, and the first section looks at some recent feminist reconstructionists'  proposals developed from the idea of "different experience." The second section is set within the context of the poststructuralists' undermining of the "light" of progressive development, central to the Enlightenment project. Foucauldian ideas are introduced  for a theoretical discussion about the ways in which the girl becomes gendered through available discourses and practices. Building on this discussion, the third  section provides an analysis of some moments of classroom life and offers a different story about girls in school   mathematics.

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