What is meant by disciplinary power?

What is meant by disciplinary power?

‘[Disciplinary power] is exercised over one or more individuals in order to provide them with particular skills and attributes, to develop their capacity for self-control, to promote their ability to act in concert, to render them amenable to instruction, or to mould their characters in other ways’

What is an example of disciplinary power?

Some examples of disciplinary power I have observed at different places of work: Swiping in and out via security pass (monitoring time spent on site) Use of company telephones (monitoring for personal calls) Use of company email (monitoring for personal emails)

What is disciplinary power and how does it form individuals?

As represented by the Panopticon, disciplinary power involves surveillance and control that works on the body and into the souls of the inmates. Foucault, Foucault Live (Semiotext(e), 1996) 227. They become self-disciplined.

How does Foucault define discipline and disciplinary power?

Foucault emphasizes that power is not discipline, rather discipline is simply one way in which power can be exercised. He also uses the term ‘disciplinary society’, discussing its history and the origins and disciplinary institutions such as prisons, hospitals, asylums, schools and army barracks.

What are the main principles of disciplinary power?

Disciplinary power has three elements: hierarchical observation, normalizing judgment and examination. Observation and the gaze are key instruments of power. By these processes, and through the human sciences, the notion of the norm developed.

What did Foucault say about power?

Foucault challenges the idea that power is wielded by people or groups by way of ‘episodic’ or ‘sovereign’ acts of domination or coercion, seeing it instead as dispersed and pervasive. ‘Power is everywhere’ and ‘comes from everywhere’ so in this sense is neither an agency nor a structure (Foucault 1998: 63).

What is Foucault theory?

Foucault argued that knowledge and power are intimately bound up. So much so, that that he coined the term “power/knowledge” to point out that one is not separate from the other. In his most important works, this included an analysis of texts, images and buildings in order to map how forms of knowledge change.

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