Dissecting Foucault’s Network of Power

“Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline.” (Michel Foucault)

In ‘Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison‘ Michel Foucault studies punitive expeditions of the 18th and 19th century (Foucault, 1975). His work concentrates on the genealogy and archeology of history, power and knowledge.

I wrote an article that pays special attention to Foucault’s Panoticism; in which he describe a ‘hidden network of power’ that is formed and articulated throughout history. I will argue that Foucault primarily focuses on power structures that are hidden ‘behind’ society, instead of interpreting reality as rhizomatic and flattened information networks wherein different agents actively co-create society.

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