Prison and Prisoners

Michel Foucault forcefully observed that the birth of the prison is entangled in a larger web of power, control and surveillance. As you embark on the BEST paper ever written, refer to the work: From the Panopticon to Disney World: The Development of Discipline by Clifford Shearing and Phillip Stenning. [ tourists/PDFs/Shearing_Stenning_1997.pdt] In doing so, remain mindful that prison museums invert the Disney experience by becoming the antithesis of the happiest place on earth. Thus, your task is to analyze those related phenomena by discussing the following issues: (1) the manner by which prisoners as well as visitors to prison museums and Disney World are placed under surveillance; (2) the manner by which safe contact is administered in prison museums and Disney World; (3) the manner by which knowledge is diffused (via images, objects, and space) in prison museums and Disney World; (4) the role of architecture in maintaining surveillance and control in prison museums and Disney World; The prison museums are: Alcatraz (San Francisco), the Argentine Penitentiary Museum (Buenos Aires), the Clink (London), the Old Fort, Number 4, WomenOs Jail (Johannesburg), Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia), the Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum, Hyde Park Barracks (Sydney), Kilmainham Jail (Dublin), the Melboume Gaol, Robben Island (Cape Town), and the Seodaemun Prison History Hall (Seoul). (Also see videos posted by Professor Welch on YouTube) Additionally incorporate slideshow material from former detention (and torture) sites in Belfast, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Asuncion, and Montevideo. Your paper should be TWELVE pages (single-spaced, 12 pitch). (Use citation style contained in the book Escape to Prison.) Precious points will be awarded to critiques boasting an insightful title.

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