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Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

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At the end of the eighteenth century, Jeremy Bentham devised a scheme for a prison that he called the panopticon. For twenty years he tried to build it; in the end he failed, but the story of his attempt offers fascinating insights into both Bentham's complex character and the ideas of the period. Basing her analysis on hitherto unexamined manuscripts, Janet Semple chronicles Bentham's dealings with the politicians as he tried to put his plan into practice. She assesses the panopticon in the context of penal ...
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Overview


At the end of the eighteenth century, Jeremy Bentham devised a scheme for a prison that he called the panopticon. For twenty years he tried to build it; in the end he failed, but the story of his attempt offers fascinating insights into both Bentham's complex character and the ideas of the period. Basing her analysis on hitherto unexamined manuscripts, Janet Semple chronicles Bentham's dealings with the politicians as he tried to put his plan into practice. She assesses the panopticon in the context of penal philosophy and eighteenth-century punishment and discusses it as an instrument of the modern technology of subjection as revealed and analyzed by Foucault.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198273875
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1993
  • Pages: 360
  • Lexile: 1390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Abbreviations and Symbols
1 Introduction 1
2 Jeremy Bentham and the Origins of the Panopticon 20
3 A View of the Hard Labour Bill and the Penitentiary Act of 1779 42
4 John Howard and the Origins of the Panopticon 62
5 The First Phase, 1786-1793 95
6 Proposal and Contract I 111
7 Proposal and Contract II 134
8 The Panopticon Bill of 1794 166
9 Hanging Wood and Tothill Fields 192
10 A Picture of a Treasury 218
11 The Final Failure 254
12 Plans, Visions, and Utopia 282
13 Conclusion 309
Appendix 'History of the War between Jeremy Bentham and George III by one of the Belligerents' 324
Sources 327
Select Bibliography 329
Index 337
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