At the end of 2006, the United States had approximately 7.2 million people who were either incarcerated, on probation, or on parole. Our society's propensity for punishment and justice has manifested in the modern prison system—arguably one of the most challenging issues in our history. In Foucault's landmark study, he undertakes one of the most comprehensive and exacting critiques of the prison to date. Anyone who is interested in philosophy, history, sociology, Foucault, or any number of topics dealing with systems of punishment would we well served by reading this phenomenal text.
—Recommended by Nik, City Lights Books
In this brilliant work, the most influential philosopher since Sartre suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner's body to his soul.