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p. 798. Crime and punishmentlocked

  • Gary Gutting


What was Foucault's view on punishment? He discusses modern punishment's demands of an inner transformation, a conversion of the heart. Is this modern control of the soul a means to a more subtle and pervasive control of the body? The point of changing psychological attitudes is as a way to control bodily behaviour. ‘Crime and punishment’ describes Foucault's views on contemporary ideas on crime, punishment, and discipline and looks at his suggestions for alternative ways of thinking. Foucault's Discipline and Punish analysed modern society's allegedly humanitarian treatment of a marginalized group and shows how this treatment involves its own form of domination. It focuses on the institutional structures rather than systems of thought. It is more of a genealogical workthan an archaeological one.

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