Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault

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‘Our society is one not of spectacle, but of surveillance; under the surface of images, one invests bodies in depth; behind the great abstraction of exchange, there continues the meticulous, concrete training of useful forces; the circuits of communication are the supports of an accumulation and a centralization of knowledge; the play of signs defines the anchorages of power; it is not that the beautiful totality of the individual is amputated, repressed, altered by our social order, it is rather that the individual is carefully fabricated in it, according to a whole technique of forces and bodies.’ (217)

text cited: Foucault, Michel. Discipline and Punish. The Birth of the Prison. translated by Alan Sheridan. Vintange Books. 1979.

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