Michel Foucault | LITERATURE

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Michel Foucault is a well known philosopher amongst literary critics. His work – primarily around discourse and Foucauldian Discourse remain quite popular. One of his works studying the structure of power is his work Discipline and Punish.

The text speaks about the birth of the modern prison – according to Foucault: he claims that the modern prison is not more ‘humane’ as everyone assumes it to be – but it actually more cruel. While in the earlier criminal system the public was privy to everything occurring the system – within the new system, everything would occur behind closed doors.

This is an example of a warning against growing powers of the state.

An excellent read in terms of concepts but a tad boring to read past the style of writing Foucault uses: 6/10.

 

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