Re: R: prisons/schools/etc.

i'd be interested in contemporary work regarding "corrections."

parole. "boot camps." educational programs, social services, variations
across and within states (US) in terms of prison population, discplinary
policies, overall funding, and especially the emergence of "internal
litigation" practices around "rights" and responsibilities. etc.

curious. as for contemporary practices implying similarities between
schools<-->prisons, i wonder how best to explore notions such as totalizing
shifts in disciplinary practices. "governance" structures in US schools
are under tremendous turmoil, as usual. the same goes for prisons, but
with a completely different set of pre-existing administrative pressures
and structures.

sometimes i think taking account of inter-relations of such "sub-systems"
is more insightful than exploring the alleged rationality and emergence of
a given set of disciplinary practices. how much "per-pupil" allotment goes
for a "student" in a typical prison, versus a typical elementary school?
what differentiation exists therein?

meanwhile, i just heard a strange "factoid:" 4th largest cause of death is
the US is adverse effects of (prescribed?) medicine. true/false? yikes, a
problematic y/n question... ;)


At 07:38 PM 2/23/99 +0100, you wrote:
>-----Messaggio originale-----
>Da: Doug Henwood <dhenwood@xxxxxxxxx>
>A: foucault@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <foucault@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Data: Tuesday, February 23, 1999 8:25 PM
>Oggetto: prisons/schools/etc.
>>Where is that famous quote in D&P about how schools increasingly resemble
>>factories....which increasingly resemble prisons?
>The public execution was the logical culmination of a procedure governed by
>the Inquisition. The practice of placing individuals under 'observation' is
>a natural extension of a justice imbued with disciplinary methods and
>examination procedures. Is it surprising that the cellular prison, with its
>regular chronologies, forced labour, its authorities of surveillance and
>registration, its experts in normality, who continue and multiply the
>functions of the judge, should have become the modern instrument of
>penality? Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools,
>barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons? (_Discipline and Punish_,
>English translation, pp. 227-228)

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