Discipline and Punish The Birth of the Prison (Paperback)
|Author: Michel/ Sheridan Foucault|
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|Beginning with the emergence of Western penal methods in the seventeenth century, the noted French philosopher explores the role of prisons in society and shows that prisons today, as always, simply define, refine, and perpetuate crime. Reprint. *Author: Foucault, Michel/ Sheridan, Alan (TRN) *Subtitle: The Birth of the Prison *Publication Date: 1995/05/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.00|
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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.
Michel Foucault studied philosophy and psychology at the elite ?cole Normale Sup?rieure in Paris, followed by higher education at the University of Paris (Sorbonne). He worked as a teacher or administrator at various French universities and institutes as well as universities in Sweden, Poland, Germany, and Brazil. From 1970 until his death, he held the post of Professor of the History of Systems of Thought at Paris's Coll?ge de France. Foucault is often associated with the Structuralist movement of postwar France, an intellectual approach or philosophy that drew upon various disciplines to analyze existing cultural systems and structures. Foucault questioned our way of thinking and established systems of knowledge; he was concerned with assumptions made about human nature and society and the ways these assumptions have changed over time. His writing on such topics as imprisonment, mental states, sexuality, gay rights, and welfare has been described as "bold," "arresting," "controversial," and "far-reaching." Foucault's influences include German philosophers Nietzsche and Heidegger, and he challenged the ideas of Marx and Freud. In the 1970s and 1980s, Foucault's international reputation grew as he lectured around the world. He died of a neurological disorder.
"Illuminating...must be reckoned with by humanists, social scientists, and political activists."