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Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison


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 ... Show synopsis

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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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