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    "Panopticism" is a social theory created by Michel Foucault in his book Discipline and Punish. He defines this term as “the general principle of a new 'political anatomy ' whose object and end are not the relations of sovereignty but the relations of discipline" (Foucault 191). In other words, Foucault believes that institutions like the military, schools, and hospitals are controlled by requiring everyone to obey the rules and by punishing those who do not follow the rules to improve the overall society. Instead of supreme leader ruling over people without placing any structures for people to follow. Michel Foucault illustrates "Panopticism" through a panoptic prison that was created by Jeremy Bentham in the 18th century. It had a large…

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    Michel Foucault wrote The History of Sexuality , which is a three volume analysis of sexuality in the western world. Foucault balanced this archaeological approach with a genealogical approach that he borrowed from Nietzsche. In the first volume, Foucault explorers the “repressive hypothesis” in which he says that the history of sexuality over the past three hundred years or so has been a history of repression. Repression is a manner in which a person is barred from expressing his or her…

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    Within the books of John Berger and Michel Foucault’s thoughts and ideas, they’re shown throughout their short anthologies. In “Ways of Seeing” and Panopticism; we see a lot of similarities and differences between the authors. From the way they write, to the way they express, to the way they think about their emotions and how they translate it out to their readers. John Berger talks about how we have our own perspectives on seeing things and how we can maintain different views in our society.…

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    In Discipline and Punish, Michel Foucault breaks down the premises of a panoptic system, outlining the mechanics through which it controls a population and linking it to other structures seen throughout a society, such as in prisons and schools. An example of such evident in the implementation of new grading rubrics for English teachers across America in 1923. The essays of 12th graders nationwide, who wrote under the same conditions, formed the base of a design for a national rubric, consisting…

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    Foucault, Michel. “Panopticism.” Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison. New York: Vintage Books, 1995. 195-228. Print. Keywords: power, surveillance, visibility, perfection, separation Michel Foucault was a philosopher and historian that was born in France. He focused his interests on philosophy of technology, the association between knowledge and power, ethics, and social theory. Foucault was a philosophy professor at the University of Paris VIII, and wrote several other notable works…

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    Adnan Aljedani Professor: Charlyn Ingwerson Core 0101 14 October 2015 A Conversation with Michel Foucault First of all, Michel Foucault was mentioned about power, "Power is apt to lead to a number of misunderstandings-misunderstandings with respect to its nature, its form, and its unity" (page 313). I agree with him, According to article right wing social scientists always perceive power in terms of sovereignty and law. And Marxists see power in terms of the state apparatus. Foucault, on the…

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    Daniel Wilburn Comm 340-75, Dr. Selene Phillips Scholar Prole September 29, 2015 Michel Foucault was a French historian and philosopher who focused on different subjects such as the connection between knowledge and power and tracing the roots of the contemporary thinking of sexuality. He is most known for his publications such as The History of Madness and The History of Sexuality. Michel Foucault was born in 1926 in Poitiers, located near Western France. He attended school for the first…

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    Foucault Vs Durkheim: A Comparison Between Deviation In Of Madness Itself: Histoire de la Folie and the Object of Psychiatric History, Nikolas Rose provides an analysis of Histoire de la Folie by Michel Foucault. In Rose’s article, he poses the question, “What is specific to madness itself?” (1987, p. 142). Rather than having a specific definition or characterization of ‘madness,’ the term is in relation to the constitutions of society (Rose 1987, p. 143). The idea of ‘madness’ is…

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    Depending on whom you ask, it can be hard to find a television show that both entertain its audience while simultaneously critiques societies use of technology. The word technology is derived from the Greek tekhnologia, which meant a systematic treatment of an art, craft, or technique and was originally used to refer to grammar. French theorist, Michel Foucault, defined the Greek word techne as a rationality that is consciously governed. To Foucault, technology had a much broader meaning than…

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    French historian, social theorist, philosopher and public intellectual Michel Foucault is remembered for his means of using historical research to elucidate the changes in discourse over time and the ever growing links between discourse, knowledge, institutions, and power. Born October 15th, 1926 in Poitiers, France, Michel Foucault was the second of three children in a middle-class family. His father, Paul Foucault, was an esteemed local surgeon. Both of Foucault's grandfathers were also…

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