Pink Floyd and Michel Foucault: A match made in heaven

Last week I covered excerpts from “Discipline and Punish” by Michel Foucault with my students in Contemporary Sociological Theory. We spent most of the class reviewing the concepts in small groups with the help of this worksheet.  We focused in particular on how institutions like monasteries, boarding schools and prisons train people to become highly disciplined “docile bodies,” and the implications of this phenomenon for society. Towards the end of class, we watched Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” video.  See if you can find examples in it of what Foucault would have called “disciplinary technologies!”

(Hint: look for micro-penalities, separation, detailed prescription, aggregation, hierarchical observation, normalizing judgement…)

4 thoughts on “Pink Floyd and Michel Foucault: A match made in heaven

  1. Pingback: Teaching Contemporary Sociological Theory Through the Media | The Long Haul

  2. Hey, i’m a sociology teacher of 16-19 year olds in the UK. I’d just like to say thanks for putting up your ideas and materials, i’m going to use some of them from time to time! 🙂

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