The Birth of the Prison
Author: Michel Foucault
Category: Social Science
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.
Author: Meghan Kallman
Publisher: CRC Press
Michel Foucault is famous as one of the 20th-century's most innovative thinkers - and his work on Discipline and Punish was so original and offered models so useful to other scholars that the book now ranks among the most influential academic works ever published. Foucault's aim is to trace the way in which incarceration was transformed between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries. What started as a spectacle, in which ritual punishments were focused on the prisoner's body, eventually became a matter of the private disciplining of a delinquent soul. Foucault's work is renowned for its original insights, and Discipline and Punish contains several of his most compelling observations. Much of the focus of the book is on making new connections between knowledge and power, leading Foucault to sketch out a new interpretation of the relationship between voir, savoir and pouvoir - or, 'to see is to know is to have power.' Foucault also dwells in fascinating detail on the true implications of a uniquely creative solution to the problems generated by incarcerating large numbers of criminals in a confined space - Jeremy Bentham's 'panopticon, ' a prison constructed around a central tower from which hidden guards might - or might not - be monitoring any given prisoner at any given time. As Foucualt points out, the panopticon creates a prison in which inmates will discipline themselves, for fear of punishment, even when there are no guards present. He goes on to apply this insight to the manner in which all of us behave in the outside world - a world in which CCTV and speed cameras are explicitly designed to modify our behavior. Foucault's highly original vision of prisons also ties them to broader structures of power, allowing him to argue that all previous conceptions of prison are misleading, even wrong. For Foucault, the ultimate purpose of incarceration is neither to punish inmates, nor to reduce crime. It is to produce delinquency as a way of enabling the state to control and of structure crime.
Text and Readings
Author: Scott Appelrouth,Laura Desfor Edles
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
Category: Social Science
Sociological Theory in the Contemporary Era: Text and Readings combines the major writings of sociology’s core contemporary theorists with a historical and theoretical framework for understanding these works. Authors Scott Appelrouth and Laura Desfor Edles use this unique text/reader approach to introduce students to sociological theory in a lively and engaging fashion.
Assault on Dignity
Author: Jean Bethke Elshtain,J. Timothy Cloyd
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Who or what determines the right to die? Do advancing reproductive technologies change reproductive rights? What forces influence cultural standards of beauty? How do discipline, punishment, and torture reflect our attitudes about the human body? In this challenging new book, Jean Bethke Elshtain, a nationally recognized scholar in political science and philosophy, and J. Timothy Cloyd, a strong new voice in social and political science, have assembled a collection of thought-provoking essays on these issues written by some of the finest minds of our day.
Author: Gilles Deleuze
Publisher: A&C Black
Giles Deleuze (1925-1995) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII. He is a key figure in poststructuralism and one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century. In Foucault, Deleuze presents one of the most incisive and productive analyses of the work of Michel Foucault. This is a crucial examination of the philosophical foundations and principal themes of Foucault's work, providing a rigorous engagement with Foucault's views on knowledge, punishment, power, and the nature of subjectivity. Translated by Seßn Hand. >
Author: Michel Foucault
Category: Philosophy, French
Michel Foucault, Philosoph und Historiker, politischer Aktivist und Professor am Collège de France, verband die Arbeit im Archiv mit unmittelbarem politischem Engagement und verstand es wie kein zweiter, die historisch-philosophische Analyse unserer Kultur für eine kritische Diagnose der Gegenwart fruchtbar zu machen. Seine Analysen der neuzeitlichen Ordnungen der Sexualität und des Wissens, der modernen Biomacht und der Gouvernementalität haben das theoretische Terrain abgesteckt, auf dem die aktuellen Debatten um eine Neubestimmung der condition humaine geführt werden. Vor allem seine diskurs- und machttheoretischen Schriften haben eine ganze Generation von Intellektuellen geprägt. Der Band versammelt die einschlägigen Hauptschriften Foucaults, die nach wie vor den Königsweg zu seinem Denken darstellen: Die Ordnung der Dinge, Archäologie des Wissens, Überwachen und Strafen und die drei Bände der Studien über Sexualität und Wahrheit: Der Wille zum Wissen, Der Gebrauch der Lüste und Die Sorge um sich.
Feminist Enactments of French Philosophy
Author: Dorothea Olkowski
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Thirteen women at the forefront of philosophy locate new feminist points of view within the discipline by rigorously engaging works of contemporary French philosophy. In so doing, they both transform the standard practices of the field and carve out new territory. These writers amplify the work of feminist philosophers such as Simone de Beauvoir, Luce Irigaray, and Sarah Kofman in ways that are both stylistically and substantively creative. They also appropriate for radical feminist use the works of male philosophers such as Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Jean-Paul Sartre.The essays illustrate the manner in which feminist philosophers bypass traditional methodology in favor of a disciplinary freedom characterized by fluid methodologies—best exemplified in Beauvoir's work—and by the employment of imaginative forms, including the autobiographical and the poetic. The modes of inquiry used here range variously from psychoanalysis and existentialism to deconstruction, post-structuralism, and newly resurgent phenomenology. This volume also contains a comprehensive bibliography of feminist thinkers who are enacting French philosophy in English, German, and French.
Sociology's Most Influential Books
Author: Dan Clawson
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
Category: Social Science
Identifies and discusses the seventeen most influential books in the field of sociology
Author: Philip Smith
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Philip Smith attacks the comfortable notion that punishment is about justice, reason and law. Instead, he argues that punishment is an essentially irrational act founded in ritual as a means to control evil without creating more of it in the process.
A Sequel to the Book of Finch
Author: Kris Attfield
"Letters to Whomever" is the sequel to "The Book of Finch" that occurs in the weeks after the publication of the original book. From Remembrance Day in November 2011 through January 2012, this book is largely a series of email messages and some email discussion regarding the truthfulness or validity of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or whatever the apparent falseness there might be in or of the organization. This book, though it is heavily a discussion of how valid the LDS church is, is relevant as a sequel because it shows how Finch will proceed in his relationship with the church - to try to provide illustration for the situation Finch was presented with at the end of the previous book. Whether the reader accepts or rejects the LDS church is a choice left up to the individual reader him or herself - but the individual determining their own relationship to the church should be educated on the various issues regarding the history of the church and modern life in the church. "Letters to Whomever" tries to provide an introduction to that broad debate.
A Commentary-Workbook Study of the Epistle to the Philippians
Author: Sharon L. Gresham
Publisher: WestBow Press
When Paul and Silas were in prison in Philippi, they burst into singing. Paul looked at life with a joyful song. He found delight when believers lived in harmony. The theme of this Bible study is Paul’s Life-Song. Hear his song in the letter he wrote to Philippi, even while in another prison. Some strains explode with joy, while other stanzas carry a minor melody to encourage or warn the people he loved. Study his messages and learn how to apply Paul’s attitudes regardless of his circumstances. This Bible study is rich with insights into the Hebrew and Greek and covers themes Paul brings from the Old Testament or other New Testament teachings. Dive deeper into those themes by taking important excursions into the background of the topics. This in-depth verse-by-verse investigation is valuable for individuals or groups. Enjoy the commentary while completing the workbook and applying the messages to everyday situations. Determine your timeframe for the study as you discover what the Lord Jesus wants to do in your life through Paul. “I’ve had the privilege of knowing Sharon Gresham as a teacher/speaker for many years and now as a writer. Her commitment to in-depth study and application of the Bible is refreshing. The Philippians study equips the pastor/teacher with a resource much needed in the church today. I am excited to teach this study both in our church and as we minister internationally.” —Darrel Auvenshine, pastor of Southside City Church, Fort Worth, Texas “With a gift for accurately communicating God’s Word in a relevant and personal way, Sharon Gresham’s in-depth study of Philippians will delight and thrill any serious student of the Scriptures. I highly recommend it!” —Scott Whitson, director of missions, Southwest Metroplex Baptist Association and former missionary to Tanzania
Changing Youth to Change the World
Author: Gary Blair Zustiak,John Mouton,Kevin Greer
Publisher: College Press
Author: François Dosse
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
Content Description #Includes bibliographical references and index.
How Control Exists After Decentralization
Author: Alexander R. Galloway
Publisher: MIT Press
A critical analysis of the protocols that control theInternet and the resistance to them.
Manufacturing Crime and Justice in the Popular Press, 1830-1900
Author: Thomas Cragin
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
The canards were cheap broadsheets and booklets that most often reported sensations, particularly murders. Made by members of the working and lower-middle classes and sold with great success to a vast and diverse audience, the canards deeply influenced and appealed to popular understandings of crime and punishment. Despite their importance in their day and their value to cultural studies, historians have paid them scant attention. In Murder in Parisian Streets Thomas Cragin provides an in-depth study of the production, sale, and content of the canards. He demonstrates their significance to nineteenth-century culture, even their role in determining the emerging tabloid's success. Cragin explores the incremental creation of textual meaning in the canards' authorship, production, distribution, and consumption. He exposes the power of oral traditions as well as modern marketing at work upon this popular news literature. The canards challenge our assumptions about the nineteenth century's revolution in print and reorient our understanding of cultural creation through textual construction.
Author: Barry Smart
Publisher: Psychology Press
This second set of Critical Assessments on Michel Foucault deals with his work in relation to the themes of rationality, power and subjectivity. Like the first set, these four volumes will serve as a benchmark guide to his thought.
Author: David Scott
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Category: Critical pedagogy
Female Convicts, Sexuality and Gender in Colonial Australia
Author: Joy Damousi
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This innovative book tells the powerful stories of convict women, while drawing out broader themes of gender and sexual disorder and race and class dynamics. It looks at the cultural meanings of aspects of life in the colony: on ships, in the factories and in orphanages. Damousi considers such topics as headshaving as punishment in the prisons, as well as analyzing the language of pollution, purity and abandonment. The book shows how understanding about sexual and racial difference became a focus for cultural anxiety in colonial society.
The Advertising of Public Goods
Author: Paul Rutherford
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Category: Business & Economics
Rutherford shows how politics, social behaviour, and public morals have become subject to the philosophy and discipline of marketing.
Perspectives on Education and Punishment
Author: Mark Sydney Cladis,British Centre for Durkheimian Studies
Publisher: Berghahn Books
A fundamental natural resource, water and its use not only reflect "modes of production" but also that complex interplay between resources and their exploitation (and domination) by various social agents, who in their turn are inevitably influenced by the abundance or rarity of water supplies. Focusing on scientific, social and economic issues from the 16th to the 19th century, the author, one of Italy's leading historians in this field, looks at the innumerable conflicts that arose over water resources and the environmental impact of projects intended to control them. Venice and Holland are undoubtedly the two most fascinating cases of societies "built on water," with the conquest of vast expanses of marshland - either inland or on the coast (the Dutch polders or the Venetian lagoon) – not only stimulating agricultural production, but also nurturing a deeply-felt relationship between the local populations and the element of water itself. The author rounds off his study by looking at the influence the hydraulic technology developed in Holland would have on many European countries (France, England and Germany in particular) and at questions raised by contemporaries about the environmental impact of agricultural progress and its effects upon the social-economic equilibria within the communities concerned.