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Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault
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Jan 13, 10

Read in January, 1992

One of my all time favorite books. Not for the quality of the writing or translation from French, which is amazing.(The subject matter is far too dense to ever be enjoyable as literature) It is Foucault who deconstructed the underpinnings of societal control. One aspect of that is illuminated through meticulous and wide-sweeping analysis of Penal systems. I have underlined, highlighted, dogeared and written in the margins of this book so much that astonishes even myself. There are sections I re-read every few years, and so many gems of that I have committed to memory for the truth, beauty, history and clarity they convey. One of the greatest thinkers of the modern age.
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