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Discipline and Punish

The Birth of the Prison

By Michel Foucault, Alan Sheridan (Translated by)

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Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 25 April 1991
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 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.

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One of the leading intellectuals of the twentieth century and the most prominent thinker in post-war France, Foucault's work influenced disciplines as diverse as history, sociology, philosophy, sociology and literary criticism.

EAN: 9780140137224
ISBN: 014013722X
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Damiens the regicide is about to be executed. The spectacle which follows see Damiens torn by the pull of four horses, disemboweled and quartered in front of the Kings public. From this point in history Foucault explores the transition from spectacle to order, revealing much of the rich detail of the systems that have led to the modern structures of discipline.

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