Power Structure In Panopticism

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Power is a fundamental characteristic of any system which governs a group of people such as prisons. Incarceration systems require a strict flow of power to run functionally and carry out their duties to control their inhabitants. Because the understanding of our prison systems is an important one, it is necessary to carefully examine the power structure within these settings. In his text “Panopticism”, Foucault claims that power rests within the central operating organization of a governmental structure. However, this is a broad term, as it neglects the individual’s contribution to the success of an efficient system. Power is perceived to be a looming force over its subjects; however, this impending force actually relays individuals power, perhaps even a greater power than the force imposed itself. In Tocqueville and…show more content…
By focusing on the minister as a mechanism of power, it is evident that the minister serves not only exert power over the individuals but also lend the individuals of interest power. This would not have been seen without Foucault’s careful reading. This view, in turn, provides a new insight into Foucault’s theory—a power system is not successful without the will of its subjects to behave. In “Panopticism”, Foucault expresses his view that power lies within the operating system, thus, resulting in an efficient system. He analyzes this by utilizing the Panopticon structure as the leading model for his argument. In the panopticon model, all cells face the source of a strong, bright light located in the center of the building; this blinding light makes it
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