Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison is a book by the French philosopher Michel Foucault argues that prison did not become the principal form of punishment just because of the humanitarian concerns of reformists. He argues that the public spectacle of torture and execution was a theatrical forum, the. In Discipline and Punish Foucault argued that the human sciences and the history of . Foucault’s governing metaphor of the scaffold as spectacle or theater —. Foucault’s writings on power and control in social institutions have made him one of the modern era’s most influential thinkers. Here he argues that punishment.

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The Spectacle of the Scaffold

In one of the most memorable parts of the entire text, Scaffolv describes a riot which occurred during an execution in Avignon at the end of the 17th century My library Help Advanced Book Search. Lists What are lists? What was once a secret between officers, the victims, and the state is now witnessed by all on video. Here he argues that punishment has gone from being mere spectacle to becoming an instrument fkucault systematic domination over individuals in society — not just of our bodies, but our souls.

Nenad rated it really liked it Nov 26, In the days pre-reform, he argues that the body becomes the medium for expressing the nature of the crime and of the resulting punishment. In a later work, Security, Territory, PopulationFoucault admitted that he was somewhat overzealous in his argument that disciplinary power conditions society; he amended and developed his earlier ideas.


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Rather than illustrating the triumph of the thw, it serves to illustrate the undiluted oppression existing in the society the citizens inhabit. Crime and rebellion are akin to a declaration of war. What went relatively unnoticed at the time was the fatal interdependence of social unrest, the institutionalized violence of law enforcement, and mass produced video recording and sharing technology. Interestingly enough, this is part of the constant surveillance Foucault defined as a means of social control.

Professor Foucault died in Also, a part scaffolld how the accused was never allowed to know the nature of his supposed crime or the evidence against him, which reminded me of Kafka.

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Video footage exists of him being drug into the back of a police van with broken legs while crying out in pain. Foucault is clear about the centrality of the body to specracle regime of torture:.

As tragic as these gory displays were, they were ripe with potential:. Foucault is clear about the centrality of the body to the regime of torture: Tags What are tags?

The Spectacle of the Scaffold by Michel Foucault

In a late interview he definitively stated: In What is an Author? Consider the recent scandal over the dashcam recording of the Laquan McDonald shooting. Nor are the blankets and cardboard that now enclose the cells. The first, ‘The Body of the Foucwult opens with a very violent description of an execution in in Damiens.


Instead, the fundamental purpose is one of inspiring terror through the threat of violent injury to the body. Alice Springs Town Council. Similarly, the punishment that followed was about demonstrating the awesome power of the monarch — any crime was a personal insult to the king and his power, so disproportionate punishment was a way of re-establishing that royal authority.

It also made the body of the condemned man the place where the vengeance of the sovereign was applied, the anchoring point for a manifestation of power, an opportunity of affirming the dissymmetry of forces. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Foucaults remarkable analysis of justice systems in the 17th and 18th centuries, when a shift in perceiving crime was happening, from the criminal being a mere individual body to an addressing of his soul.

He does talk about the soul and this aspect is less interesting. Foucault is best known for his critical studies of social institutions, most notably psychiatry, medicine, the human sciences and the prison system, as well as for his work on the history of human sexuality.