Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (Paperback)
This book changed the course of thought, and it changed my life. This book is about the history and origins of prisons, but really it's about so much more: our 'postmodern' condition; what binds us to social norms; what happens when we transgress those norms; and what that punishment says about us. Foucault's radical thesis is that despite centuries of prison reform efforts, we've only heightened the degree to which we punish, imprison, and regulate one another. This book is a veritable garden of thought.— Holden
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.
About the Author
Michel Foucault was born in Poitiers, France, in 1926. He lecturerd in universities throughout the world; served as director at the Institut Francais in Hamburg, Germany and at the Institut de Philosophi at the Faculte des Lettres in the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France; and wrote frequently for French newspapers and reviews. At the time of his death in 1984, he held a chair at France's most prestigious institutions, the College de France.