Carceral notebooks

I missed this previously:

Carceral Notebooks
Volume 4, 2008


Introduction. Bernard Harcourt

Discipline, Security, and Beyond: A Brief Introduction.
Andrew Dilts and Bernard Harcourt

D’une configuration disciplinaire à l’autre? Laurent Bonelli

Des classes à la population ?
Formules de gouvernement et détention
Fabienne Brion

Masques de Foucault. Guy Casadamont

The Post-Disciplinary Prison. Gilles Chantraine

Michel Foucault Meets Gary Becker: Criminality Beyond
Discipline and Punish
Andrew Dilts

“Une chaîne, qui laisse toute liberté de faire le bien et qui ne permette
que très difficilement de commettre le mal.”
Claude-Olivier Doron

La police, les anormaux et leurs archives au XVIIIe siècle.
Lisa Jane Graham

Supposons que la discipline et la sécurité n’existent pas
Rereading Foucault’s Collège de France Lectures.
(with Paul Veyne)
Bernard E. Harcourt

Repenser la police et les contrôles par rapport à Foucault.
Salvatore Palidda

La connaissance “de” l’Etat. Pasquale Pasquino

“Je peins le passage.” Stephen Sawyer

Beyond Discipline and Punish: Foucault’s Challenge to Criminology
Mariana Valverde

Foucault in a Post-9/11 World: Excursions into Security,
Territory, Population
Michael Welch


From the Introduction:

Foucault’s 1978 and 1979 lectures contained a wealth of insights about punishment, penal techniques, the development of the police, and their relationship to neoliberalism. The lectures were extremely useful for thinking about the entire social body in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and specifically about the practices that characterize the contemporary penal sphere. And thus we set out, in these essays, to explore contemporary penal practices in conversation with the newly published lectures—but also, naturally, in conversation with Foucault’s earlier writings on épistémès and his later turn to ethics and truth telling, to veridiction and le dire vrai, to parrêsia.


Full text: Discipline and Punish

Another full text, this time via Torrent. Not sure if I should be linking to these as they seem unofficial at best. Suffice it to say I have nothing to do with the production of these!

Again I would encourage publishers to provide pdfs for sale, since they are searchable. They could easily be passworded to prevent subsequent distribution.

d/l Discipline and Punish

Refs and punishment. Finally, an analysis!

Rooney gets sent off for England.

Finally an analysis of referees from a Discipline and Punish perspective:

From this interaction, finally, emerges the most logical reason for why fans hate refs. Namely, it’s a lack of accordance between their punitive gaze and that of the referees. Through all of this, a clear sense of discipline, however contested by protesting (though, ultimately, powerless) fans, players, and coaches, emerges. The players, to return to Foucault, are, much like us, really so many inmates in the metaphorical Panopticon that is constructed in part by sports and their officials. Not only are they subject to the refs’ authority, as well as the fans’ secondary interpretations of the same, but they are also circumscribed by the coaches, the owners, league commissioners, and corporate sponsors. That’s not to say that players suffer unduly, though, or even to question the fairness of the dynamic. For Foucault, all of that’s beside the point. What really matters is the way in which sports, through its institution of officiating, helps us to internalize the application of authority and the consequences of rule-breaking.

Zidane gets sent off for France.

Disciplinary spaces of architecture

Examples courtesy of Architectures of Control

A traditional British school classroom often had high window-sills—to prevent the seated pupils from being distracted by more exciting events outside, or indeed staring out of the window.

‘Redesigned to face contemporary urban realities, this bench comes standard with a centre arm to discourage overnight stays in its comfortable embrace’—from Belson

Oxford bus stop

This is only one step away from Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon [7] and Michel Foucault’s argument (in Discipline and Punish [8]) that by embedding punishment systems in architecture and institutions (e.g. prisons) rather than meting out direct retribution publicly (e.g. public execution or floggings), the likelihood of adverse public reaction to the punishment is greatly reduced. In the park bench example, a public confrontation between police and a person sleeping on the bench (with possible sympathy from bystanders) can be avoided entirely by preventing anyone sleeping on the bench in the first place (using the architecture to control). Not for nothing are speed humps commonly known as ‘sleeping policemen’ in the UK.

(h/t Savage Minds)

Eastern State Penitentiary

Update: If you’re looking for the Halloween “Terror Behind the Walls” at Eastern State, click here!!

This summer I’m in Philadelphia, staying literally around the corner from the famous Eastern State Penitentiary, discussed by Foucault in Discipline & Punish, pp. 123-126 & 237-239.

Click here for a Google map I made.

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SCOTUS: discipline and punish?

Quote from today’s Supreme Court ruling supporting a school’s right to restrict free speech:

Justice Thomas, also concurring, would rather make the broader holding that public school students have no free speech rights. (“In short, in the earliest public schools, teachers taught, and students listened. Teachers commanded, and students obeyed. Teachers did not rely solely on the power of ideas to persuade; they relied on discipline to maintain order.”)

And, couple it with a story in Inside Higher Ed, noted on Savage Minds that opens up the issue of how to keep discipline: train university profs as adjunct police! Yeah!