Michel Foucault On 'Disciplinary Society,' Part 1





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Published on Jan 28, 2007

In 1983, Foucault's responded (in audio format) to questions about arguably his most influential work, "Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison" (1977)... specifically, the focus was the orgin of the prison system as it relates to the emergence of what he termed - 'disciplinary society.' The 18th century prisons, he contends, were based upon 17th century disciplinary institutions - mainly, schools and the army. Their social arrangement became the basis for diffused societal regimentation - Bentham's panopticon, was the theoretical model - a centralized observation device in which the disciplinarian observes the disciplinee - but not vice-versa ...

The first 4 images are from DP:

1. The book's cover
2. A close-up of the cover
3. An alcoholism lecture at Fresnes prison
4. 'Plan of the Panopticon,' by Bentham, 1843
5. Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)

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