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The Singer's NeedleAn Undisciplined History of Panamá$
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Ezer Vierba

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780226342313

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226342597.001.0001

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Punishment and Subject Formation

Punishment and Subject Formation

(p.49) 2 Punishment and Subject Formation
(p.iii) The Singer’s Needle

Ezer Vierba

University of Chicago Press

Since Michel Foucault, it has been accepted that modern penal institutions achieve their disciplinary goals, in part, by constructing subjects and subjectivity. The chapter challenges this notion by looking at the daily life in the penal colony, and specifically, at the range of actions that staff and inmates take outside or against the institution’s demands. A theoretical framework is developed building on the work of Erving Goffman and Pierre Bourdieu, which sees historical subjects as incoherent, fragmented, and often contradictory, affected by social and cultural institutions that make conflicting demands on them.

Keywords:   Erving Goffman, Pierre Bourdieu, self, persona, field, subfield, total institutions

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