Discipline and Punish
Study Questions and Suggested Essay Topics
Does Foucault believe that prison can be abolished as a penalty?
What is the prison's place in society?
Why does Foucault call Discipline and Punish a history of the modern soul?
How far does Foucault's explanation of the development of the prison depend on social and economic factors?
What is the relationship between Foucault's role as a political activist and the concerns of Discipline and Punish?
Discuss the concept of the gaze in Discipline and Punish.
What is the role of the Panopticon in the work?
How does Foucault explain the movement for prison reform?
Is Discipline and Punish a work of history or philosophy?
Where and how was the modern prison "born", according to Foucault?
by brittfoerster, April 12, 2013
The ideal of a penal imprisonment is criticized by many reformers because
1. it is incapable of corresponding to the specificity of crimes
2. it has no effect on the public
3. It is useless, even harmful to society: it is costly. it maintains convicts in idleness, it multiplies their vices.
4. the execution of this penalty (imprisonment) is difficult to supervise
5. There is a risk of exposing prisoners to the uncontrolled power of the guards
6. The job (prison guard) is an exercise of tyranny (dictatorship)