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 ...Read MoreIn 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 disciplinary society as a whole. He also reveals that between school, factories, barracks and hospitals all share a common organization, in which it is possible to control the use of an individual's time and space hour by hour.Read Less
Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Hardcover. 8vo. Pantheon Books. 1977. 333 pgs. First Edition/First Printing. DJ in VG shape with light shelfwear present to the DJ (light chipping present to the crown of the DJ spine). No ownership marks present. Light soil present to the page edge. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. Photos sent upon request. Bx-135, 883; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 333 pages.
ISBN 0394499425. Hardback. First American edition as stated on copyright page. Book is a TIGHT, SOUND READING COPY ONLY due to extensive pink highlighting and blue ink margin notes; owner's name written on first endpaper (1" by 3"); 1/2" square sticker stain on front endpaper; average wear overall. Dustjacket is in Good to Very Good condition with heavy creasing and closed tears at the top 1/2" of spine, not effecting any of the lettering; $10.95 original price is present and unclipped on front flap of dustjacket. We have placed dustjacket in a brodart protective cover and it looks much better than described.
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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