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panopticon

A building (often a jail) planned with corridors which radiate from a single, central point. A person located at the central point can observe each of the converging halls.
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For this reason, constant surveillance of the kind possible in the panopticon penitentiary was "the only effective instrument of reformative management".
Indeed the ideas on narrative form outlined above remain largely extraneous to the principal development of The Novel and the Police.5 Even so, they begin to delineate the astonishing picture that emerges when the novel is viewed in light of the panopticon. Enlarged, and with more details filled in, the same picture is found in the work of other critics who have been inspired by the same Foucauldian image.
The panopticon, as we have seen, is not inescapable.
Above, Panopticon, Glasgow, where Laurel made his stage debut
Barthes's seminar series of lectures in The Neutral provides a useful template for further understanding the utopian possibility of neutralizing dualistic paradigms, one of which he identifies as the panorama-panopticon dichotomy: "panopticon: endoscopic device: presupposes the existence of an interior to be discovered, of an envelope (the walls) to be pierced: vital metaphor = the shell that needs to be cracked in order to access the core, panorama: opens onto a world" (2005, 163).
In Discipline and Punish, Foucault elaborates Jeremy Bentham's concept of the Panopticon, applying this design to all aspects of social life.
Within the field of surveillance studies, Michel Foucault's panopticon metaphor has prevailed as a conceptual exemplar for understanding modern forms of social regulation.
These letters would become famous because they contained the Panopticon project or model prison; they were subsequently assembled into the Panopticon letters (first English edition in 1791).
(1) Bentham envisioned the Panopticon as consisting of a central
I do know that it is a bit more focused than Panopticon was.
Michel Foucault's by-now familiar metaphor of the panopticon provides a useful approach to The Brig and the particular form of social
Does contemplating how the panopticon described by Foucault resembles a newsroom appeal to you?