Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 18, 2012 - Social Science - 352 pages
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In this brilliant work, the most influential philosopher since Sartre suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner's body to his soul.
 

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Contents

The body of the condemned
3
The spectacle of the scaffold
32
Generalized punishment
73
The gentle way in punishment
104
Docile bodies
135
The means of correct training
170
Panopticism
195
Complete and austere institutions
231
Illegalities and delinquency
257
The carceral
293
Notes
309
Bibliography
326
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Michel Foucault was born in Poitiers, France, in 1926. He lecturerd in universities throughout the world; served as director at the Institut Francais in Hamburg, Germany and at the Institut de Philosophi at the Faculte des Lettres in the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France; and wrote frequently for French newspapers and reviews. At the time of his death in 1984, he held a chair at France's most prestigious institutions, the College de France.

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