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Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault
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Apr 25, 07

bookshelves: social-sciences
Recommended for: Those who do not already suffer from paranoia
Read in January, 2006

You are being watched. The all knowing eye of society means to control you, and they have developed very advance techniques to that end. No one needs to tell you how to behave. You have been told enough times, and subjected to so much surveillance, that you will forever police your own behavior. Or at least that's what Foucault wants you to believe. Is he right, or wrong? You won't know for yourself unless you read the book. Foucault's line of argument seems to be sound, although he may be hiding faulty logic in high falootin' language. A word to the wise before you start; it's thick as pea soup. Attempt to read this book only if you are well rested and at the top of your game. If it is assigned for a course, don't put it off until the last minute.
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