Discipline and Punish

by Michel Foucault
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Discipline and Punish

Prisons resemble factories, hospitals, and schools in that, since the eighteenth century, they have been designed to condition people to internalize the values of the state (i.e., the values of the...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2019, 3:01 pm (UTC)

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Discipline and Punish

In Discipline and Punish, Foucault describes the development of the modern prison. He begins with a 1775 execution to show the progression from torture/execution to imprisonment. Although...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2013, 3:57 am (UTC)

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Discipline and Punish

Foucault sees the dynamics of power shifting in the Enlightenment. Before the eighteenth century, he argues, power manifested itself in being seen. The king was a king, in part, because he was a...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2021, 5:50 pm (UTC)

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Discipline and Punish

For Foucault, a "genealogy" embeds philosophy within a context of history and political power. Philosophical concepts and constructs simply don't float in a timeless ether: they are constructed in...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2016, 2:25 pm (UTC)

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In Discipline and Punish, Foucault challenges the idea that the move from physical punishment to reforming a person through surveillance and psychological means—what Foucault calls discipline—is an...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2017, 10:42 pm (UTC)

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Discipline and Punish

Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish is a history of penal systems, albeit one more focused on ideological interpretation than on balanced historical analysis. He opens with a detailed and...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2015, 10:35 pm (UTC)

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