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By Anne Brunon-Ernst

In his highly influential booklet self-discipline and Punish, Foucault used the instance of Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon criminal as a method of representing the transition from the early smooth monarchy to the past due sleek capitalist kingdom. within the former, strength is visibly exerted, for example via the destruction of the physique of the legal, whereas within the latter energy turns into invisible and specializes in the brain of the topic, for you to establish, marginalize, and 'treat' people who are considered as incapable of engaging in, or unwilling to undergo, the disciplines of construction. The Panopticon hyperlinks the worlds of Bentham and Foucault students but they can be at cross-purposes; with Bentham students lamenting the ways that Foucault is gave the impression to have misunderstood panopticon, and Foucauldians it seems that blind to the complexities of Bentham's concept. This e-book combines an appreciation of Bentham's broader venture with an engagement of Foucault's insights on financial executive to move past the bought examining of panopticism as a gloomy disciplinary expertise of energy. students the following supply new methods of figuring out the Panopticon initiatives via a large choice of subject matters together with Bentham's plural Panopticons and their elaboration of schemes of 'panoptic Utopia', the 'inverted Panopticon', 'panoptic governance', 'political panopticism' and 'legal panopticism'. French reports at the Panopticon are groundbreaking and this e-book brings this study to an English-speaking viewers for the 1st time. it really is crucial examining, not just for these learning Bentham and Foucault, but in addition people with an curiosity in highbrow heritage of the eighteenth and 19th centuries, and people learning modern surveillance and society.

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