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Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison

by Foucault, Michel (1979)

Key Passage

Discipline is the unitary technique by which the body is reduced as a ‘political’ force at the least cost and maximized as a useful force. The growth of a capitalist economy gave rise to the specific modality of disciplinary power, whose general formulas, techniques of submitting forces and bodies, in short, “political anatomy”, could be operated in the most diverse political regimes, apparatuses and institutions. (p.120)

Keywords

Discipline, Foucault, Capitalism, Biopower

Themes

Foucault Citations, Historiography of Work

Links to Reference

Translator

Sheridan, A.

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