Discipline and Punish Book

Discipline and Punish

  • Author : Michel Foucault
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2012-04-18
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307819291

Discipline and Punish Excerpt :

In this brilliant work, the most influential philosopher since Sartre suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner's body to his soul.

The Spectacle of the Scaffold Book

The Spectacle of the Scaffold

  • Author : Michel Foucault
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Prison discipline
  • Pages : 92
  • ISBN 10 : 0141036648

The Spectacle of the Scaffold Excerpt :

Foucault s writings on power and control in social institutions have made him one of the modern era s most influential thinkers. Here he argues that punishment has gone from being mere spectacle to becoming an instrument of systematic domination over individuals in society not just of our bodies, but our souls. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are."

Stage  Stake  and Scaffold Book

Stage Stake and Scaffold

  • Author : Andreas Höfele
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2014-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 330
  • ISBN 10 : 0198701012

Stage Stake and Scaffold Excerpt :

In Shakespeare's London, the stage of the playhouse, the stake of the bear baiting arena, and the scaffold of public execution constituted an ensemble of related spectacles that shared the same audiences. Andreas Höfele argues that this generated a powerful exchange of images and a spill-over of animal features into Shakespeare's characters.

Capital Punishment and the Criminal Corpse in Scotland  1740   1834 Book

Capital Punishment and the Criminal Corpse in Scotland 1740 1834

  • Author : Rachel E. Bennett
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2017-12-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 237
  • ISBN 10 : 9783319620183

Capital Punishment and the Criminal Corpse in Scotland 1740 1834 Excerpt :

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book provides the most in-depth study of capital punishment in Scotland between the mid-eighteenth and early nineteenth century to date. Based upon an extensive gathering and analysis of previously untapped resources, it takes the reader on a journey from the courtrooms of Scotland to the theatre of the gallows. It introduces them to several of the malefactors who faced the hangman’s noose and explores the traditional hallmarks of the spectacle of the scaffold. It demonstrates that the period between 1740 and 1834 was one of discussion, debate and fundamental change in the use of the death sentence and how it was staged in practice. In addition, the study provides an innovative investigation of the post-mortem punishment of the criminal corpse. It offers the reader an insight into the scene at the foot of the gibbets from which criminal bodies were displayed and around the dissection tables of Scotland’s main universities where criminal bodies were used as cadavers for anatomical demonstration. In doing so it reveals an intermediate stage in the long-term disappearance of public bodily punishment.

Screening the Tortured Body Book

Screening the Tortured Body

  • Author : Mark de Valk
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2016-11-11
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 342
  • ISBN 10 : 9781137399182

Screening the Tortured Body Excerpt :

Inspired by Michel Foucault’s examination of state subjugation and control, this book considers post-structuralist notions of the ‘political technology of the body’ and 'the spectacle of the scaffold' as a means to analyse cinematic representations of politically-motivated persecution and bodily repression. Through a critique of sovereign power and its application of punishment ‘for transgressions against the state’, the collected works, herein, assess the polticised-body via a range of cinematic perspectives. Imagery, character construction and narrative devices are examined in their account of hegemonic-sanctioned torture and suppression as a means to a political outcome. Screening The Tortured Body: The Cinema as Scaffold elicits philosophical and cultural accounts of the ‘retrained’ body to deliberate on a range of politicised films and filmmakers whose narratives and mise-en-scène techniques critique corporeal subjugation by authoritarian factions.

Art  Science  and the Body in Early Romanticism Book

Art Science and the Body in Early Romanticism

  • Author : Stephanie O'Rourke
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-11-30
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 205
  • ISBN 10 : 9781316519028

Art Science and the Body in Early Romanticism Excerpt :

Innovative, alternative account of romanticism, exploring how art and science together contested the evidentiary authority of the human body.

Designing Memory Book

Designing Memory

  • Author : Sabina Tanović
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-11-28
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781108486521

Designing Memory Excerpt :

This innovative study of memorial architecture investigates how design can translate memories of human loss into tangible structures, creating spaces for remembering. Using approaches from history, psychology, anthropology and sociology, Sabina Tanović explores purposes behind creating contemporary memorials in a given location, their translation into architectural concepts, their materialisation in the face of social and political challenges, and their influence on the transmission of memory. Covering the period from the First World War to the present, she looks at memorials such as the Holocaust museums in Mechelen and Drancy, as well as memorials for the victims of terrorist attacks, to unravel the private and public role of memorial architecture and the possibilities of architecture as a form of agency in remembering and dealing with a difficult past. The result is a distinctive contribution to the literature on history and memory, and on architecture as a link to the past.

The Spectacle of Suffering Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Spectacle of Suffering

  • Author : Petrus Cornelis Spierenburg
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 1984-10-18
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN 10 : 0521261864

The Spectacle of Suffering Excerpt :

Pieter Spierenburg traces the long period of evolution that gave rise to the modern debate about punishment, and relates it to the development of Western European society.

The Truth Machines Book

The Truth Machines

  • Author : Jinee Lokaneeta
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2020
  • Genre: Forensic sciences
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9780472054398

The Truth Machines Excerpt :

"Using case studies and the results of extensive fieldwork, this book considers the nature of state power and legal violence in liberal democracies by focusing on the interaction between law, science, and policing in India. The postcolonial Indian police have often been accused of using torture in both routine and exceptional criminal cases, but they, and forensic psychologists, have claimed that lie detectors, brain scans, and narcoanalysis (the use of "truth serum," Sodium Pentothal) represent a paradigm shift away from physical torture; most state high courts in India have upheld this rationale. The Truth Machines examines the emergence and use of these three scientific techniques to analyze two primary themes. First, the book questions whether existing theoretical frameworks for understanding state power and legal violence are adequate to explain constant innovations of the state. Second, it explores the workings of law, science, and policing in the everyday context to generate a theory of state power and legal violence, challenging the monolithic frameworks about this relationship, based on a study of both state and non-state actors. Jinee Lokaneeta argues that the attempt to replace physical torture with truth machines in India fails because it relies on a confessional paradigm that is contiguous with torture. Her work also provides insights into a police institution that is founded and refounded in its everyday interactions between state and non-state actors. Theorizing a concept of Contingent State, this book demonstrates the disaggregated, and decentered nature of state power and legal violence, creating possible sites of critique and intervention"--

A History of Capital Punishment in the Australian Colonies  1788 to 1900 Book

A History of Capital Punishment in the Australian Colonies 1788 to 1900

  • Author : Steven Anderson
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-09-02
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 267
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030537678

A History of Capital Punishment in the Australian Colonies 1788 to 1900 Excerpt :

This book provides a comprehensive overview of capital punishment in the Australian colonies for the very first time. The author illuminates all aspects of the penalty, from shortcomings in execution technique, to the behaviour of the dying criminal, and the antics of the scaffold crowd. Mercy rates, execution numbers, and capital crimes are explored alongside the transition from public to private executions and the push to abolish the death penalty completely. Notions of culture and communication freely pollinate within a conceptual framework of penal change that explains the many transformations the death penalty underwent. A vast array of sources are assembled into one compelling argument that shows how the ‘lesson’ of the gallows was to be safeguarded, refined, and improved at all costs. This concise and engaging work will be a lasting resource for students, scholars, and general readers who want an in-depth understanding of a long feared punishment. Dr. Steven Anderson is a Visiting Research Fellow in the History Department at The University of Adelaide, Australia. His academic research explores the role of capital punishment in the Australian colonies by situating developments in these jurisdictions within global contexts and conceptual debates.

The Culture of Punishment Book

The Culture of Punishment

  • Author : Michelle Brown
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2009-10-15
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN 10 : 9780814791455

The Culture of Punishment Excerpt :

America is the most punitive nation in the world, incarcerating more than 2.3 million people—or one in 136 of its residents. Against the backdrop of this unprecedented mass imprisonment, punishment permeates everyday life, carrying with it complex cultural meanings. In The Culture of Punishment, Michelle Brown goes beyond prison gates and into the routine and popular engagements of everyday life, showing that those of us most distanced from the practice of punishment tend to be particularly harsh in our judgments. The Culture of Punishment takes readers on a tour of the sites where culture and punishment meet—television shows, movies, prison tourism, and post 9/11 new war prisons—demonstrating that because incarceration affects people along distinct race and class lines, it is only a privileged group of citizens who are removed from the experience of incarceration. These penal spectators, who often sanction the infliction of pain from a distance, risk overlooking the reasons for democratic oversight of the project of punishment and, more broadly, justifications for the prohibition of pain.

The Scarlet Letter Book
Score: 5
From 4 Ratings

The Scarlet Letter

  • Author : Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1852
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 311
  • ISBN 10 : BCUL:1093327178

The Scarlet Letter Excerpt :

How to Read Foucault s Discipline and Punish Book

How to Read Foucault s Discipline and Punish

  • Author : Anne Schwan
  • Publisher : Pluto Press
  • Release Date : 2011-08-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 0745329810

How to Read Foucault s Discipline and Punish Excerpt :

Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish is one of the best-selling works of critical theory and a key text on many undergraduate courses. However, it is a long, difficult text which makes Anne Schwan and Stephen Shapiro's excellent step-by-step reading guide a welcome addition to the How to Read Theory series. Undergraduates across a wide range of disciplines are expected to have a solid understanding of Foucault's key terms, which have become commonplace in critical thinking today. While there are many texts that survey Foucault's thought, these are often more general overviews or biographical précis that give little in the way of robust explanation and discussion. In contrast, How to Read Foucault's Discipline and Punish takes a plain-speaking, yet detailed, approach, specifically designed to give students a thorough understanding of one of the most influential texts in contemporary cultural theory.

Runway Book


  • Author : Alix Browne
  • Publisher : Rizzoli Publications
  • Release Date : 2016-10-18
  • Genre: Design
  • Pages : 226
  • ISBN 10 : 9780847848751

Runway Excerpt :

A stunning work on contemporary fashion spectacles, showcasing the most innovative, creative, and artistic high-fashion runway shows of the last twenty years. In recent years, as fashion shows have become a part of our collective imagination and an important part of contemporary culture, blockbuster productions have redefined the runway show as a form of entertainment and creativity on par with the clothes themselves. This book focuses on designers for whom fashion and the mode of presenting it have held equal significance: Alexander McQueen, Martin Margiela, Hussein Chalayan, Viktor & Rolf, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, Raf Simons, Thom Browne, and Imitation of Christ, among them. From the performance art spectacles of the first Alexander McQueen collections in the mid-1990s and the high-art concept shows of Hussein Chalayan in the late 1990s to the lavish beauty of Chanel haute couture in 2012, author Alix Browne explores the highest pinnacles of fashion today. Runway gives the reader full access to the theatrical and creative aspects of the production, in both intimate, little-seen runway shows from the pre-Internet era—many of the photographs here have never been published before—as well as major productions with elaborate sets and full-blown narrative. A thrilling, immersive, and inspiring look into the wide-ranging creativity of contemporary fashion, Runway is the most thorough book available on the subject. Featuring the most innovative fashion designers of the last twenty years, this book is a must for lovers of fashion and culture.

Severed Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings


  • Author : Frances Larson
  • Publisher : Granta Books
  • Release Date : 2014-11-06
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781847088017

Severed Excerpt :

Our history is littered with heads. Over the centuries, they have decorated our churches, festooned our city walls and filled our museums; they have been props for artists and specimens for laboratory scientists, trophies for soldiers and items of barter. Today, as videos of decapitations circulate online and cryonicists promise that our heads may one day live on without our bodies, the severed head is as contentious and compelling as ever. From shrunken heads to trophies of war; from memento mori to Damien Hirst's With Dead Head; from grave-robbing phrenologists to enterprising scientists, Larson explores the bizarre, often gruesome and confounding history of the severed head. Its story is our story.