They were rather involved in the maneuvering of power in this controlled group and a part of the system that was meant to view the effects of power on the proponents, subjects and objects.
The Thesis that is being developed is that power is self evident and a tool that can be best used when one is subjected to the same practices, imposed under the same rules. Power can be best used when one is subjected to it as a pupil. It creates and conditions a person to behave appropriately in the best interest to be powerful and get the best results out of it.
At the site in Mettray new entrants were interviewed and interrogated about their crime which led them to the disciplining and conditioning center. Mettray was known for its deputies who were technicians of behavior, architects of characters, engineers of conduct and orthopedists of individuality (Carceral, p. 3). The questions was not reaching a state of aggression, raw brute and fearless character, but a personality that can be regulated to spring into a powerful state when the need arose and come down to a subdued state when ordered to. The aim was ”to create bodies that were both docile and powerful”.
In connection with Foucault’s theories regarding the interpretation, application and perception of power, it is a much more social concept. Power has to do with the social structure. As mentioned in the document “Carceral” from pages 2 to 5, the system of punishment changes in regular prisons, detention centers, correction centers, cellular jails changed from orthodox systems of inflicting pain and agony, to imposing a regulated lifestyle that incorporated those basic principles of developing the tenets of power. Much like the theory of practicing before preaching, in the way the pupils in the Mettray center were subject to power which they would later impose on other, the system of correction changed.
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