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The Panopticon

Peter Otto

in Multiplying Worlds: Romanticism, Modernity, and the Emergence of Virtual Reality

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199567676
eISBN:
9780191725364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567676.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Bentham's proposals for penal reform were published in Panopticon; or, The Inspection House (written in 1786) and its two Postscripts (1790, 1791). Focusing on these works, and diverging from ... More


Audibility Is a Trap: Aural Panopticon in The Lives of Others (2006)

Christiane Lenk

in Germany in the Loud Twentieth Century: An Introduction

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199759392
eISBN:
9780199918911
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759392.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Das Leben der Anderen shows surveillance by the Stasi as an integral part of the East German past. Yet surveillance is not solely achieved through sight, but more ... More


The Emergence of Sinister Interest

Philip Schofield

in Utility and Democracy: The Political Thought of Jeremy Bentham

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198208563
eISBN:
9780191716928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208563.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

From 1790 Bentham devoted much of his time and energy to his panopticon prison scheme. When the scheme was effectively rejected by the British government in 1803, he turned his attention to the ... More


Publicity, Responsibility, and the Architecture of Government

Philip Schofield

in Utility and Democracy: The Political Thought of Jeremy Bentham

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198208563
eISBN:
9780191716928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208563.003.0010
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

The key to good government was the securing of responsibility. Responsibility was secured by publicity. And publicity was itself dependent, to a significant degree, on architecture. Hence Bentham’s ... More


Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Janet Semple

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

At the end of the 18th century, Jeremy Bentham devised a scheme for a prison that he called the panopticon. It soon became an obsession. For twenty years he tried to build it; in the end he failed, ... More


Pleasures of Benthamism: Victorian Literature, Utility, Political Economy

Kathleen Blake

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199563265
eISBN:
9780191721809
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563265.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book offers a fresh look at the often‐censured but imperfectly understood traditions of Utilitarianism and political economy in their bearing for Victorian literature and culture. It treats ... More


A Picture of a Treasury

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter discusses the challenges faced by Jeremy Bentham in acquiring the Salisbury estate in Millbank, England, for his panopticon prison project. The Treasury was very difficult in the ... More


The Final Failure

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter discusses the final failure of Jeremy Bentham's proposed construction of the panopticon prison. In 1803, Prime Minister Henry Addington refused to fund the building of the panopticon and ... More


Plans, Visions, and Utopia

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0012
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter discusses Jeremy Bentham's plans and visions for his panopticon prison project. Scattered notes among his papers reveal the detail and substance of his prison plans and afford new ... More


Conclusion

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0013
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This concluding chapter criticizes the penitentiary built at Jeremy Bentham's proposed site for his panopticon at the Salisbury estate in Millbank, England. The ground in the area was swampy and ... More


Introduction

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This introductory chapter discusses the coverage of the book, which focuses on English philosopher and social reformer Jeremy Bentham's failed attempt to build a prison called panopticon. It examines ... More


Jeremy Bentham and the Origins of the Panopticon

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter discusses the family and personal background of Jeremy Bentham and the origins of the panopticon. Bentham was born in London, England in 1748 and was the eldest son of Alicia and ... More


John Howard and the Origins of the Panopticon

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter discusses the similarity between the Penitentiary Act of 1779, drafted by English prison reformist John Howard, and Jeremy Bentham's panopticon. The Act and the panopticon both ... More


The First Phase 1786–1793

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter discusses the first phase of Jeremy Bentham's attempts to build the panopticon. The political arena in which Bentham fought for his panopticon was dominated by Prime Minister William ... More


Proposal and Contract I

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter discusses the proposal and contract for the panopticon that was sent by Jeremy Bentham for approval to the English government. The draft contained in Bentham's Letters was altered in ... More


Proposal and Contract II

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter deals with the plan of management for Jeremy Bentham's panopticon, the powers of the governor and the checks to be imposed on him, particularly in the inspection principles and the ... More


The Panopticon Bill of 1794

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter examines the issues related to the Panopticon Bill of 1794. Jeremy Bentham spent five months—from October 1793 to February 1794—drafting the Panopticon Bill. There were three possible ... More


Hanging Wood and Tothill Fields

Janet Semple

in Bentham's Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273875
eISBN:
9780191684074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273875.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter discusses the problems in the acquisition of an appropriate site for Jeremy Bentham's proposed panopticon prison in England. In July 1796, Bentham found a potential site called Hanging ... More


Pleasures of Benthamism—Utility, or, ‘People mutht be amuthed’: Bentham and

Kathleen Blake

in Pleasures of Benthamism: Victorian Literature, Utility, Political Economy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199563265
eISBN:
9780191721809
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563265.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter treats the fundamental pleasure principle of Bentham's utility, which is Smith's value‐in‐use. It covers a range of Bentham's writings including Principles of Morals and Legislation, ... More


Privacy and Its Contemporary Context: Why Privacy Is Disappearing

Jon L. Mills

in Privacy: The Lost Right

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195367355
eISBN:
9780199867400
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367355.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

Key members of society — the government, the press, and large corporations — are intruding more into personal privacy. The increase in intrusiveness harms both individuals specifically and society ... More


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