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Discipline & Punish

The Birth of the Prison

By Michel Foucault
Narrated by Simon Prebble / 13 hours 8 minutes

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 book 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 book, whose implications extend beyond the prison to the minute power relations of our society.

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Author
Narrator Simon Prebble
ISBN 9781452685564
Length 13 hours 8 minutes
Language English
Publisher Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date
Edition Unabridged
Genres Nonfiction
Libro.fm rank #1,057 Overall
Genre rank #358 in Nonfiction