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Discipline and Punish Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Discipline and Punish
  1. #1
    “Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons?”
  2. #2
    “This book is intended as a correlative history of the modern soul and of a new power to judge.”
  3. #3
    “We have then a public execution and a timetable. They do not punish the same type of crimes or the same type of delinquent. But they each define a certain penal style.”
  4. #4
    “The age of sobriety in punishment had begun.”
  5. #5
    “A penal system must be conceived as a mechanism ... to administer illegalities differentially, not to eliminate them.”
  6. #6
    “The Panopticon is a marvelous machine which, whatever use one may wish to put it to, produces homogeneous effects of power.”
  1. #7
    “We are now far away from the country of tortures, dotted with wheels, gibbets, gallows, pillories; we are far, too, from that dream of the reformers, less than fifty years before.”
  2. #8
    “Set the force that drove the criminal to the crime against itself.”
  3. #9
    “The public execution is to be understood not only as a judicial, but also as a political ritual.”
  4. #10
    “In this scene of terror, the role of the people was an ambiguous one.”
  5. #11
    “The need for punishment without torture was ... formulated as a cry from the heart or ... from an outraged nature.”
  6. #12
    “Public punishment is the ceremony of immediate recoding.”

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  1. #13
    “Delinquency (is) a politically or economically less dangerous—and ... usable—form of illegality.”
  2. #14
    “It would not be true to say that the prison was born with the new codes.”
  3. #15
    “Visibility is a trap.”
  4. #16
    “Discipline ‘makes’ individuals; it is the specific technique of a power that regards individuals as objects.”
  5. #17
    “Discipline is a political anatomy of detail.”
  6. #18
    “The soul is the prison of the body.”
  7. #19
    “The ‘Enlightenment’, which discovered the liberties, also invented the disciplines.”
  8. #20
    “Surveillance is permanent in its effects, even if it is discontinuous in its action.”
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