Foucault's Theory Of Revolution And Power

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Throughout history, the interaction between revolution and power has been conceptualized in many ways. These theories help explain why individuals will go to such extremes to change who controls the power. But, amongst these theories, there is the resonating question of whether or not revolutions are useful. This paper will explain Michel Foucault 's theory, which shifts sovereign power to the concept of disciplinary power. Through these disciplinary constructs, power becomes the production of individuals. The power of discipline will then be explained through hierarchical gaze, normalizing judgement, and Panopticism. Using these concepts, I will argue that Karl Marx’s concept of class revolution and how his economic fueled revolution is far too limited in comparison to Foucault 's description of power. While Marx’s theory of revolution seems to depict a …show more content…
This evolution of labor division was the source of class injustice. Instead of having a figure like a king that is openly controlling you, we now have the bourgeois society that has come up with new shady ways to oppress the people (Marx/Engel 14). The power of the bourgeoisie comes from economic means and control over the productions of labor. It is essentially a struggle between the two classes: bourgeoisie and proletariat (Marx/Engel 15). This power is exerted in the form of class exploitation and domination of class A over class B (lecture 1-26). They are able to control this power due to the fact that they hold all the means of production. With this control, the system makes it so proletariats have no other choice but to follow the leadership of the factory owners. Since the proletariat no longer control their own labor, they must work or risk losing the means of livelihood (Marx 22). Marx explains it as a spiraling trap that continues to worsen the more the proletariat labors for the

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