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Foucault and Control

And if we have replaced thumb screws and the rack and public floggings by prisons in which much of the degradation of the prisoner's body (and so the prisoner's psyche) is hidden away, then we are still adhering to a philosophy in which justice is deemed to be a public spectacle. Foucault summarizes the beginnings of our current systems of punishment that exist for all of those who step outside acceptable forms of behavior - or thought:

I have attempted to analyze how, at the initial stages of industrialized societies, a particularly punitive apparatus was set up together with


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