oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - "Nation" as watchword : the politics of cultural surveillance in Romania

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



In a conversation with Jean-Pierre Barou and Michelle Perrot from 1977, Michel Foucault addresses the theme of surveillance in a twofold manner: as a specific practice related either to the "gaze" or to "opinion, observation and discourse". Foucault describes surveillance primarily by reference to Jeremy Bentham's famous , a Fourieristic utopian theoretical model of an "Inspection-House", designed specifically for penitentiaries, where the prisoner was put under total surveillance by a precise arrangement or disposition of space that precluded any form of escape from an all-seeing Eye, the "inspector". The gaze of the "inspector" becomes the all-powerful instrument of control, without the need of guards, weapons or material restraints in general.

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