Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison

Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison

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Barely two hundred and fifty years ago a man condemned of attempting to assassinate the King of France was drawn and quartered in a grisly spectacle that suggested an unmediated duel between the violence of the criminal and the violence of the state. This groundbreaking book by the most influential philosopher since Sartre compels us to reevaluate our assumptions about all the ensuing reforms in the penal institutions of the West. For as he examines innovations that range from the abolition of torture to the institution of forced labor and the appearance of the modern penitentiary, Michel Foucault suggests that punishment has shifted its focus from the prisoner's body to the soul — and that our very concern with rehabilitation encourages and refines criminal activity.

Lucidly reasoned and deftly marshaling a vast body of research, Discipline and Punish is a genuinely revolutionary book, whose implications extend beyond the prison to the minute power relations of our society.

Title:Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780679752554
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  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Surveiller et Punir: Naissance de la Prison = Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, Michel FoucaultDiscipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison is a 1975 book by the French philosopher Mic...

  • Trevor

    This book begins with a bang – in fact, a series of bangs. That is the point, you see. We need to be shocked about what is, after all, our relatively recent past. We too easily forget that there was...

  • David Withun

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  • Darwin8u

    “Discipline 'makes' individuals; it is the specific technique of a power that regards individuals both as objects and as instruments of its exercise.” ― Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish I'...

  • Abubakar Mehdi

    Foucault begins this book by recounting the fate of a man called Damien the regicide, who attempted to assassinate King Louis XV of France in 1757. He was publicly tortured for hours, beaten, stabbed ...

  • AC

    NEW REVIEW [it took more than a few days to get back to this -- I hope someone reads it... lol]I will add only a few additional comments to what I’ve already written (below and in the comments secti...

  • Cat

    I've read this book three times: First time was in undergraduate, second time was in law school, third time was last week. I can honestly say that my understanding of this work has grown with each rea...

  • Lex

    This book rearranged my brain. I have never read something that met my intuition half way, and then expanded my vision beyond all critical capacities I knew before. I will never conceive of power, str...

  • Conrad

    In many ways a response to the French government's penal codes of the 60s and 70s but also a continuation of Foucault's work in Madness and Civilization, the influence of D&P can be seen everywhere fr...

  • Yu

    Is the world turning into a panopticon in which everyone of us cannot evade the gaze of whoever that is occupying the central point? I find this book to be making a powerful argument, but I do have do...