Disciplinary Power : A Good Man, Six Weeks Better

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Due to this, anyone can be taken and transformed into a soldier, unlike in the previous century when a soldier had to be found. This idea can be portrayed through a poster by the marines who promoted the idea of ‘one good man, six weeks better.’ This shows disciplinary power working in a tiny, intimate, controlled manner to create predictable results. It operates on human beings as if they are clay, changing their hearts and minds in order to make them into a particular individual. This was a new formula that worked – ‘discipline produces subjected and practised bodies, ‘docile’ bodies. Discipline increases forces of the body (in economical terms of utility) and diminishes these same forces (in political terms of obedience).’ (Foucault, …show more content…

There is no detail beneath its notice and consequently nobody can escape it. Therefore, I will now explain how Foucault believes disciplinary power was unlocked from military technique into all aspects of society and consequently started working on everyone. Discipline is able to do this through the panopticon. Traditionally thinking of the panopticon, most people would instantly assume a prison, as panopticon buildings are built for observing and seeing inward. They are the perfect disciplinary mechanism from their set up. For example, the prison disassembles the crowd as the prisoners cannot see each other, but they know they are being watched an observed from the bars on their cells and from the watch tower, which provides the uncertainty of not knowing who is watching them and when. This is two fold as the prisoners can also observe the guard, which also makes them efficient and obedient. Therefore, a modest, self-regulated and effective form of power is created. As highlighted by Foucault, the panopticon ‘permit[s] an internal, articulated and detailed control – to render visible those who are inside it; in more general terms, an architecture that would operate to transform individuals.’ (Foucault, 1977,

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