O'Farrell, Clare D. (2012) Foreword. In Brunon-Ernst, Anne (Ed.) Beyond Foucault : New Perspectives on Bentham's Panopticon. Ashgate Pub Co, xi-xii.

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In 1978, three years after the publication of Foucault’s book Discipline and Punish, which famously introduced Bentham’s notion of the Panopticon to a wide audience, the French historian Jacques Léonard remarked that ‘it would need a squadron of competent historians to sort out the mass of interpretations’ offered by Foucault’s work. In response, Foucault said that he wanted his work to provide a workshop which would allow both himself and others to undertake further work and experiment with different approaches. He also cheerfully noted that he was encouraged by the ‘irritating effect’ that his work produced on others. The present book, which comprehensively treats the work of Bentham both in the wake of and against Foucault’s work, is a cogent testimony to the continued currency of these observations.

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ID Code: 66870
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Jeremy Bentham, Michel Foucault, Panopticon
ISBN: 9780754668435
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPECIFIC FIELDS (220200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Anne Brunon-Ernst
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2014 22:34
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2015 14:15

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