Foucault Discipline and Punish

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De Guzman, J.E.
Philo 104 – Section Y
Homosexuality and Femininity in the Light of Foucault's Discipline and Punish September 11, 2012

Michel Foucault in Discipline and Punish and The History of Sexuality, demonstrates that the tools of disciplinarity (which emerged in the confluence of critical, historical upheavals immediately preceding the modern age, such as geometric demographic expansion, reconfiguring global financial and mercantile apparatuses, the redefinition of territorial boundaries through global explosion and the ensuring establishments of empires, the adhoc onset of the Industrial Revolution, etc.), upon being brought into proximity to about the only things that presently we are able to bring to it, such as a proclivity towards petty moralizing, our social prejudices, our racial intolerances, the petty agendas of the bourgeoisie – empirical lifestyle enclaves, etc. etc. operate what they have been designed to do, namely the reproliferation, expansion , multiplication, amplification, production of manipulated strategies for administering populations, under the guise of it redounding to the so-called “public interest,” which on the whole underwrite unconscionable amounts of paralysis, social dissatisfaction and numerous suffering. -------------------------------------------------

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Title: Perversions of females and homosexual views in the society driven by the misuse of disciplinarity as reflected in Advertising.

Disciplinarity is conceptualized by Michel Foucault at the historical context of emerging structuralism, the ideology that stresses the elements of a certain culture should not just be look in terms of their individuality but the influence of predominant systems and institutions in the society, which is, the disciplinary institutions. According to that ideology, man is dependent to those interrelations. Examples of modern day disciplinary institutions include religious factions, prisons and asylums, schools, mass media, and the government. Its goal is to keep order and control among things and to discipline people.

The idea of Disciplinarity by Michel Foucault pictures modern disciplinary institutions and its technique which involves intensifying the architecture of control while observing the prison. Disciplinary power talks about that firm, continuous, consistent, and coherent framework of control. Foucault’s goal of writing Discipline and Punish is to show how the architecture of control he observed in the prison system works in a social setting and how power relations influence it. At the period where disciplinarity is introduced, there is a movement from a public execution for people to see and fear punishment to a discourse of certainty of punishment which Foucault referred to in his work as “The Gentle Art of Punishment.”

The goal of this paper is to talk about how disciplinarity is constantly perverted and misused in the society especially in the light of sexuality. This will talk about how it is corrupted by racial intolerances and prejudices by the people especially of the bourgeoisie, elites of the society with respect to the wrong use of disciplinarity by disciplinary institutions themselves. This will then be looked at in relation to pseudo-practices of science and technology especially of the social sciences where the use of speculations on observed phenomena is implemented instead of using inductive data gathering and processing.

Specifically, the phenomenon that will be focused on will be the influence of market institutions and mass media as disciplinary institutions and its impact on shaping of social constructs about sexuality especially of homosexuals and women through their advertising strategies. For women biases, journal articles about the use of women’s bodies in order to “sell” will be looked at. For homosexuals, journal articles about how the product presented is being shaped if they are the ones being portrayed as the models of the...
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