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Foucault: Birth of the prison

He claims that there are two different forms of punishment:

Sovereign power : typical of the period before the 19th century. The monarch had power over
people and their bodies. People were punished through inflicting pain, which was seen as a
spectacle (incapacitation). This allowed…

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For example: a prison timetable in the 1830's.
Article 17: The prisoner's day will begin at 6am ... and they will work for 9
hours a day.

Article 18: Rising. At the first drum roll, the prisoners must rise and dress in
silence. At the…

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