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DisciplinePunish Michel Foucault, Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison
Narrated by Simon Prebble

Tantor Audio Books

Publication Date: 09/23/2013 Running Time: 13 hrs 8 min

Editorial comment: This ebook seems to be subject to stringent copyright zone restrictions (available in the US, but not in some other countries). A customer comment on Amazon indicated that it is an abridged version as well.

Synopsis

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.

Summary

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.

Source: Variazioni Foucaultiane

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