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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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    Michael mcallen, TX, United States 01-02-14
    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!


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

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jaded Buddha 09-23-13
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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?

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-16-15
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-16-15

    "... there are times when silence is a poem." - John Fowles, the Magus ^(;,;)^

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    "French post-structural look at looking and prisons"

    I've had this book for nearly twenty years on my shelf. Before a couple weeks ago I never quite found myself in the "right" mood for a French post-structural look at power, prisons, and punishment. It is interesting reading this and thinking about how influential Foucault was in the modern criticisms of the penal system, and various areas of control (schools, hospitals, psychiatric facilities, the military and prisons).

    I didn't realize until I read the prologue that the "Disciple" part of the title was originally Surveiller (Watch) et punir (Punish). It made sense back in the day to use discipline, but given the giant NSA observation issues, I kinda hope they consider changing the title at some point back to some variant of watch. That was a surprise part of the book that isn't communicated by discipline, and a part that is VERY relevant to the world we exist in.

    Anyway, I could probably come up with some high-falutin reason to like or not like this book, but honestly, I kinda liked it, just not enough to put forward HUGE efforts of defense or evangelism. There were some of the obvious issues with a lot of postmodern historical books (big ideas, radical ways to look at things), but the damn flag is pretty high and pretty big and the pole is thin and isn't buried very deep. But God love Foucault and his big poles.

    So, I still want to read his sexy books, his book on madness, and his book on the clinic, so I guess that makes this a four-star book. I don't want to read all of his stuff tomorrow, but I want to read more... but later, when nobody's watching.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    R. Wendeborn las cruces, nm 05-10-15
    R. Wendeborn las cruces, nm 05-10-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Excellent Narration"

    I was looking for a good academic book with a good narrator and this was perfect. The first part, punishment, was kinda hard to listen to because it was incredibly graphic, the second part, discipline, was pretty boring but very informative.
    I actually wish there were more books like this with the same narrator.

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    Trinity A. Greer San Antonio 04-09-15
    Trinity A. Greer San Antonio 04-09-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Brilliant"

    Excellent performance. And Foucault is brilliant. A must-read for anyone in criminal justice, sociology, anthropology, or who cares about society and functions of social order.

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    Andrew Pittsburgh, PA, United States 05-12-14
    Andrew Pittsburgh, PA, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2013
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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).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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