Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison
ISBN: 0679752552
EAN13: 9780679752554
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 25, 1995
Pages: 333
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 8" L x 5" W
Weight: 0.35 lbs.
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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 Michel Foucault, 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 Foucault examines innovations that range from the abolition of torture to the institution of forced labor and the appearance of the modern penitentiary, he suggests that punishment has shifted its focus from the prisoner's body to his 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.

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   Illuminating
The author describes in great detail the many steps taken by those in power over many centuries to observe, control, terrify, quantify, observe, categorize and cajole humanity into manageable pigeonhole dwelling units. It makes you want to read Thoreau immediately.
 
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   It is a little tedious, but nevertheless an important piece of literature that ...
Foucault is a classic, must-read for any major in CJpenologycriminology. It is a little long, but nevertheless an important piece of literature that will help you gain insight into the various forms and processes of punishment. and 2) how the punishment has taken shape and evolved throughout history.
 
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   This translation isn't the best, the original English translation that was published alongside ...
This translation is not the best ; the original English translation, published alongside the original French version, is much better, but is quite rare and expensive.
 
5
   This book will expand your mind
Although it is a fairly difficult read due to its academic nature and not intended for a casual reader, if you read Discipline and Punish it will change the way you view the world in which we live. This book will definite change your perceptions of the penal system and how we came to the place we are today.
 
3
   What is just punishment assumes punishment is just
It is an important book to read if you are going to write as an effective consequence of punishment, or if you are in a debate between prison AS punishment instead of prison FOR punishment.
 
5
   The narrative structure is also excellent, in the sense that it leads a reader ...
I use this book as a reference book for a big writing project. Of course, Foucault is a powerful thinker and this translation does him justice in this regard. The narrative structure is also excellent in the sense that it leads a reader through the history of incarceration and punishment.
 
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