Panopticism

Panopticism - Andrew Vlock Panopticism English 101...

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Andrew Vlock Panopticism English 101 Panopticism is the concept that visibility changes human behavior. This term comes from the famous 20 th century philosopher Michel Foucault who argues that people are different when under surveillance. This difference occurs from outside pressure being exerted on an individual. Foucault came to this conclusion by observing the prison structure: the Panopticon. It is a structure where, …at the periphery, an annular building; at the center, a tower; this tower is pierced with wide windows that open onto the inner side of the ring; the peripheral building is divided into cells, each which extends the whole width of the building they have two windows, one on the inside, corresponding to the windows of the tower; the other, on the outside, allows the light to cross the cell from one end to the other. All that is needed, then, is to place a superior central tower and to shut up each cell a madman, a patient, a condemned man, a worker, or a schoolboy (226).
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course ENGL 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Cornell.

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