Michel Foucault:

"Discipline and Punishment" (1975)

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The second chapter, "The spectacle of the scaffold", is the most interesting because it reveals how punishment became a public spectacle. The history of prisons, instead, feels outdated and it quickly descends into a parochial history of the French penal system. France was certainly an influential nation back then, but one would like to know what happened to prisons in bigger countries like the USA, Russia, China, Japan, not to mention the rest of Europe; all places that Foucault completely ignored in the last 100 pages or so of the book. He also completely ignored research on the same topic carried out in his own era outside France.