Discipline and Punish

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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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‘Imaginative, illuminating and innovative’ The New York Times Book Review

The grisly spectacle of public executions and torture of centuries ago has been replaced by the penal system in western society – but has anything really changed?

In his revolutionary work on control and power relations in our public institutions, Michel Foucault argues that the development of prisons, police organizations and legal hierarchies has merely changed the focus of domination from our bodies to our souls. Even schools, factories, barracks and hospitals, in which an individual’s time is controlled hour by hour, are part of a disciplinary society.

‘Foucault’s genius is called forth into the eloquent clarity of his passions … his best book’ Washington Post

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Weight0.27 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 2 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

352

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

365.643 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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