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A Macat Analysis of Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison

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How do those in power exercise that power over a state's citizens? French thinker Michel Foucault's 1975 work Discipline and Punish looks to answer this question by investigating the prison system. Foucault does not believe that the modern-day system developed out of reformers' humanitarian concerns. He argues that prison both created and then became part of a bigger system of surveillance that extends throughout society.

Power is no longer exerted directly through violence. Prisoners who were once executed are now far more likely to be monitored and controlled. And the fear of being constantly watched leads prisoners to self-regulate; to behave in ways those in power approve of. This insidious method has moved way beyond the bounds of the prison walls. It is now a part of many aspects of our lives, inflicted on us in many places. Surveillance - or systematic monitoring - by government institutions produces "docile bodies," which Foucault defines as bodies that can be monitored and psychologically controlled, and that are then trained to self-govern. We have become the sum of what we abstain from doing for fear of being seen, judged, or punished.

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Disappointed. Macat Analyses are usually better.

I know it's only an analysis, but the entire book just sounded like a very long commercial. I kept waiting for the content to improve and finally get past the very very basic (as in, You could learn this much from the back of the book cover, basic.) I was surprised and disappointed when it was over. Surprised because I genuinely thought it would get better, disappointed because I realized that it wouldn't. Just read the actual whole book instead. 3/5

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Discipline and Punishment

Discipline and Punishment gives a deeper understanding of the US criminal justice system.
Based on Behavioral Science, technical science, social and economic analytical comprehensive historical studies.
The system is operating as design . It is a analytical analysis worth reviewing.