Michael Foucault's Discipline And Punishment : Book Analysis

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Power, as we learn from the 20th century social theorist Michael Foucault, is knowledge. Wielded as a tool for those whom seek to change the social order power forever switches hands, and belongs to no man for too long completely without consequence. In reference, to Foucault’s Discipline and Punishment: The Birth of the Prison reading while power is knowledge it is kept or maintained through punishment. During the 18th century, corporal punishment was often brutally employed to keep order for those in power. An excerpt from the reading states, “…each drew out a knife from his pocket and cut the body at the thigh instead of severing the legs at the joints; the four horses gave a tug and carried off the two thighs after them, namely, that…show more content…
Gangs as I’ve stated previously were created to combat oppressive higher powers, in modern society while the methods have changed the reasoning has not. Repeatedly placed in systems geared toward reformation as a result of continuous deviant behavior, once inside prisoners have found a new purpose while locked away. No longer are they paying attention to reformation methods they now are able to congregate with those of a similar mindset, and form new effective methods to combat the evolving higher powers. Turning the system true purpose into a self or group serving opportunity, and the power which was once oppressive becomes empowering. Social theorist Patricia Collins, in Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, in fact states power can be understood not just as oppression but also as empowerment. (insert citation p.237) While her research is geared towards understanding, and the empowerment of black women Collins makes an excellent point about power inequities among groups. She states, “power inequities among groups must be addressed before an alternative epistemology…. can be utilized.” (insert citation 237) While built upon the oppressive nature of the United States on those whom identity within a minority group, gangs have flourished with certain parts of the US. However, where they have prospered they have also failed with the induction of new members older recruits are bitterly retired

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