The Spectacle of the Scaffold, Paperback Book

The Spectacle of the Scaffold Paperback

Part of the Penguin Great Ideas series

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Foucault's writings on power and control in social institutions have made him one of the modern era's most influential thinkers.

Here he argues that punishment has gone from being mere spectacle to becoming an instrument of systematic domination over individuals in society - not just of our bodies, but our souls.

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Foucault is a historian, at least a his-story-ian. and this is an interesting story. take the soul out of the prisoner, the atrocities of the execution, the discipline and punishment pre 1847 when peasants enjoyed the spectacle of watching a man have his limb's ripped apart for killing another man. this is good writing.

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