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Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison

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  • Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (Penguin Books Ltd) – Mass-market paperback (1991)
    by Michel Foucault, Alan Sheridan (Translator)

    Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison

    Mass-market paperback, Penguin Books Ltd
    1991
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    ISBN: 014013722X
    ISBN-13: 9780140137224

    In the Middle Ages there were gaols and dungeons, but punishment was for the most part a spectacle. The economic changes and growing popular dissent of the 18th century made necessary a more systematic control over the individual members of society, and this in effect meant a change from punishment, which chastised the body, to reform, which touched the soul. Foucault shows the development of the Western system of prisons, police organizations, administrative and legal hierarchies for social control - and the growth of ... Show more

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Harmon

An Incredible Exploration

by Harmon on Sep 27, 2008

Michel Foucault has the unique ability to call into question entire categories of thought. In this work, my favorite of his series, he raises the question of how we became a disciplinary society. He traces theory of punishment from the public executions of the middle ages through to the penal procedures of the present day, demonstrating the effectiveness of disciplinary power and its application beyond punishment, to the rest of societal organization.

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