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Discipline and Punish

By Michel Foucalt

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Format: Paperback / softback, 352 pages, 2nd Edition
Other Information: Illustrations
Published In: United States, 01 January 1920
In this brilliant work, the most influential philosopher since Sartre suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner's body to his soul.

About the Author

Michel Foucault was born in Poitiers, France, in 1926. He lecturerd in universities throughout the world; served as director at the Institut Francais in Hamburg, Germany and at the Institut de Philosophi at the Faculte des Lettres in the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France; and wrote frequently for French newspapers and reviews. At the time of his death in 1984, he held a chair at France's most prestigious institutions, the College de France.

EAN: 9780679752554
ISBN: 0679752552
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Dimensions: 20.62 x 13.06 x 1.93 centimetres (0.16 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Many consider "Madness and Civilisation" to be Foucault's masterpiece, but this is my personal favourite. "Discipline and Punish" is an analysis of the history of punishment and the prison in the West, about the gradual move from pure physical punishment to the growth and systematisation of the developing penal model of attempted reform. There is so much that is fascinating here, from the arch of his central thesis (the control of the individual in order to reform the soul) to small asides and throwaway points of view. A great book.

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