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Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison | [Michel Foucault]

Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison

This groundbreaking audiobook by Michel Foucault, the most influential philosopher since Sartre, compels us to reevaluate our assumptions about all the ensuing reforms in the penal institutions of the West. For as Foucault examines innovations that range from the abolition of torture to the institution of forced labor and the appearance of the modern penitentiary, he suggests that punishment has shifted its focus from the prisoner's body to his soul-and that our very concern with rehabilitation encourages and refines criminal activity.
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Two hundred and fifty years ago, a man condemned of attempting to assassinate the King of France was drawn and quartered in a grisly spectacle that suggested an unmediated duel between the violence of the criminal and the violence of the state. This groundbreaking audiobook by Michel Foucault, the most influential philosopher since Sartre, compels us to reevaluate our assumptions about all the ensuing reforms in the penal institutions of the West. For as Foucault examines innovations that range from the abolition of torture to the institution of forced labor and the appearance of the modern penitentiary, he suggests that punishment has shifted its focus from the prisoner's body to his soul - and that our very concern with rehabilitation encourages and refines criminal activity. Lucidly reasoned and deftly marshaling a vast body of research, Discipline and Punish is a genuinely revolutionary audiobook, whose implications extend beyond the prison to the minute power relations of our society.

©1975 Editions Gallimard, Paris (P)2013 Tantor

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    "More titles like this one please!"

    I've been hoping Discipline and Punish would appear as an audiobook and here it is with an excellent reader. Well done!

    Now, I wonder if and when any Adorno will ever appear?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael mcallen, TX, United States 01-02-14
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    "MORE FOUCAULT PLEASE!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Discipline & Punish the most enjoyable?

    This is the second time I read D&P. (first time without audiobook) You always get something more the second time around but listening to the book intensified my experience!


    Any additional comments?

    We need ALL the Foucault books! Get on it Audible.com!

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    "An indispensable read."

    Foucault offers a stunning account, though it really doesn't hit you until part two of the download (or it didn't hit me).

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