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Foucault's Punitive Society: Visual Tactics of Marking as a History of the Present

Carney, Phil (2015) Foucault's Punitive Society: Visual Tactics of Marking as a History of the Present. British Journal of Criminology, 55 (2). pp. 231-247. ISSN 0007-0955. E-ISSN 1464-3529. (doi:10.1093/bjc/azu105) (KAR id:55970)

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Applying a form of genealogical method rooted in Nietzsche’s use of history, this article seeks an understanding of ‘marking’ punishments in our own mass-mediated culture. First, Foucault’s analysis of the punitive tactic of marking in his 1973 course, The Punitive Society, will be considered. Second, his concept of ‘virtual marking’ will be extended and applied to the case of the pitture infamante in the early renaissance. Third, I will use these insights in a genealogical spirit in order to examine the rise of virtual marking in modernity. We will discover that Foucault was mistaken to tether marking punishments so closely to sovereign power. Instead, with certain antecedents in ancient Rome, virtual marking emerged in a largely bourgeois society during the early renaissance and re-emerges in our own society of mass, photographic spectacle.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/bjc/azu105
Uncontrolled keywords: visual criminology spectacle culture punishment Foucault
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Lucie Patch
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2016 10:27 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 11:00 UTC
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