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date: 16 May 2021

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Published in 1975, Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish has profoundly affected how we think about power and hierarchy broadly speaking, as well as their specific effects on incarceration. If the text initially influenced debates on moral autonomy, political agency, and historicist methodologies for political theorizing, its influence has since widened. The following article (1) briefly presents the argument in Discipline and Punish, and its implications for rethinking power and hierarchy; (2) considers its reception in light of debates around agency, autonomy, and political activity; and (3) finishes by tracing Discipline’s implications for work on subjectivity and subject-formation, incarceration and poverty governance, feminist theory and intersectionality, and inquiry into colonialism and its legacies.

Keywords: power, subjectivity, incarceration, agency, autonomy, feminist theory, intersectionality, Foucault, Discipline and Punish

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