Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison by Michel Foucault

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Read Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison Online Free - Barely two hundred and fifty years ago 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 locus 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.



Title : Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison
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ISBN : 0679752552
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Reviews


Trevor rated it ★★★★★

May 25, 2013

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 a time when ‘people like us’ actually span back in history for nearly as far as the mind could ima...


David rated it ★★★★☆

May 29, 2013

I read this book while sitting in a prison at night, surrounded by sleeping prisoners locked in their cells, during the last few nights of the year I spent as a correctional officer in a Georgia prison. Each point made by Foucault in this book stood out in high relief all round me. So did the poi...


AC rated it ★★★★★

February 01, 2013

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 sections). It will be enough and more than enough. I came at this book with decades of prejudice built-up...


Darwin8u rated it ★★★★☆

January 07, 2016

“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've had this book for nearly twenty years on myself. Before a couple weeks ago I never quite found myself...


Abubakar rated it ★★★★☆

May 05, 2016

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 and crushed only to be quartered by horses at last. Foucault says that Public executions and scen...


Cat rated it ★★★★☆

August 22, 2007

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 reading, but that growth in comprehension has come more from my reading of other books either discus...


Conrad rated it ★★★★★

April 03, 2007

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 from Spielberg's Minority Report to Enemy of the State to Ted Conover's Newjack and most if not...


Hadrian rated it ★★★★☆

June 02, 2014

Another one of those Big Idea Books that I've only just now got around to reading. Although I must express some doubts about Foucault's history of the prison system and its supposedly linear process from revenge to rehabilitation (in many parts of the United States, we're still big on violent puni...


Lex rated it ★★★★★

January 10, 2008

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, structures, knowledge, statistics, or my cock the same way again. His anti-humanitarian, empirical,...


Marc rated it ★★★☆☆

August 01, 2016

This book made me think I must be getting older. Why? Because I used to enjoy trying to parse the unnecessarily complex and obtuse sentences of French intellectuals and now I seem to lack the patience. (A glorious example: "The moment that saw the transition from historico-ritual mechanisms for t...





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