Essay on The Theory Of Power And Power

1032 Words Feb 13th, 2016 null Page
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 successful revolutionary ideal, his ideas are, in fact, rendered useless against Foucault’s conception of disciplinary power. In the end, class revolution cannot happen against a more contemporary conception of disciplinary power. Before we can delve into the topic at hand, we must understand what a sovereign power is. In this case, power is centralized around a group of individuals or a single individual. These individuals tend to hold the majority of the power and dictate many aspects of life. The simplest way to explain this power is through its original form. At its core, sovereign power began as a feudal society that…

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