For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

Psychiatric power: Lectures at the college de france, 1973--1974

by Foucault, Michel (2008)

Key Passage

Finally, to make possible the accumulation not only of these forces,but equally of time: the time of work, of apprenticeship, of improvement,of the acquisition of knowledge and aptitudes. This is the third aspect ofthe problem posed by the accumulation of men.This triple function, this triple aspect of the techniques of the accu -mulation of men and of the forces of work, is, I think, the reason why thedifferent disciplinary apparatuses were deployed, tried out, developed,and refined. The extension, movement, and migration of the disciplinesfrom their lateral function to the central and general iunction theyexercise from the eighteenth century are linked to this accumulation ofmen and to the role of the accumulation of men in capitalist society. (p.72)


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