"Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison" Book Review by Jay Writtings LLC

"Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison"
An overview of "Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison" by Michel Foucault.
# 116929 | 887 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Oct 31, 2009 in Criminology (Criminal Justice and Corrections) , History (General)

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This paper outlines the four major sections in "Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison" by Michael Foucault. The paper summarizes Foucalt's treatment of torture as it was used by law enforcement and correctional officials since the Medieval Period, the emphasis on punishment as a form of correction and/or rehabilitation, the idea of discipline and the creation and maintenance of the modern-day penal/correctional system. The paper labels Foucault's work as exhaustively researched and well-written and asserts that this book deserves to be included in all courses that focus on incarceration, the penal system and even the history of torture and punishment in Western civilization.

From the Paper:

"In this monumental work, first published in English in 1977, French intellectual Michel Foucault explores the evolution of the penal system in Europe, beginning roughly in the Middle Ages and up to the mid 20th century, with such insight and knowledge that one suspects that Foucault was writing from first-hand experience. In essence, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison contains so much information and description that the reader becomes immersed in not only how the penal system and its corrective/punishment methodologies came about but also how such systems have affected the entire scope of Western civilization."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Notes on Foucault." Internet. 2007. Retrieved from http://www.arasite.org/foucpris.htm.

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