Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault

Note: Since Foucault was an interdisciplinary thinker and has had an interdisciplinary impact, we are doing something different with this particular post.  As a result, this post will not be an exclusively philosophical one.  There will be secondary sources posted from other disciplines as well.

Primary Sources:

1) Foucault, Michel. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. Trans. Alan Sheridan. New
York; Random House, 1977. Print.

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2) Rabinow, Paul., ed. The Foucault Reader. New York: Pantheon Books, 1984. Print.

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Note: this book contains selections from Foucault's various primary texts.

Secondary Sources:


1) Schwan, Anne, and Stephen Shapiro. How to Read Foucault's Discipline and Punish (How to Read Theory). London: PlutoPress, 2011. Print.

2) Rusche, Georg, and Otto Kirchheimer. Punishment and Social Structure (Law and Society). New York: Russell and Russel, 1968. Print. 

3) Armstrong, Timothy J., ed. Michel Foucault, Philosopher. Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1992. Print.

Note: this is an anthology with multiple valuable sources discussing Foucault's works and insights.

4) Bidet, Jacques. Foucault with Marx. Trans. Steven Corcoran. London: Zed Books, 2016. Print.

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5) O'Leary, Timothy, and Christopher Falzon. eds. Foucault and Philosophy. Southern Gate: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Print.

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Note: This is a collection of essays that cut across various factions of Foucault's thought.

6) Heyes, Cressida J. Self-Transformations: Foucault, Ethics, and Normalized Bodies. Oxford: Oxford Univerity Press, 2007. Print.

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Journal Articles:

1) Alford, Fred C. "What would it matter if everything Foucault said about prison were wrong? Discipline and Punish after twenty years." Theory and Society 29.1 (2000): 125-146. Web.

2) Heilker, Paul. "Discipline and Punish and Process and Paradigms (or Foucault, Visibility, (Dis) Empowerment, and the Construction of Composition Studies." Composition Studies 22.1 (1994): 4-13. Web.

3) Rhodes, Lorna A. "Toward An Anthropology of Prisons." Annual Review of Anthropology 30 (2001): 65-83. Web.

4) Frank, Arthur W. "The politics of the New Positivity: A review Essay of Michel Foucault's "Discipline and Punish." Human Studies 5.1 (1982) 61-67. Web.


1) This video is by Christina Hendricks of the University of British Colombia.  It is an introduction to "Discipline and Punish."  She does go into the text and discuss certain passages and key ideas; however, the lecture is best suited for those who are beginning their studies of Foucault.

2)  This video is not directly related to "Discipline and Punish."  It is a debate between Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault.  We have added it here because Foucault touches on a lot of his ideas that are articulated in "Discipline and Punish" as well as elsewhere in his texts.

3) This is a podcast from The Partially Examined Life.  A popular podcast that discusses philosophy.  In this podcast, they examine some of the major themes in "Discipline and Punish."  It is not a scholarly resource.  However, if one was doing research on "Discipline and Punish" and needed to broaden their understanding of it, then this may be a suitable place to do that.

4) This is a lecture by Rick Roderick.  He lectures on Foucault's works and ideas.  Roderick presents this lecture as a kind of overview of Foucault's "Discipline and Punish." Readers of all levels could benefit from this.

5) These two lectures are by Professor John Frow.  He provides and overview of Foucault's work and life.  He also discusses a few works by Foucault including "Discipline and Punish."

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