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  • n. Plural form of panopticon.


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  • And finally, seeing that in spite of the threefold panacea of every prison system (isolation, work, and instruction, especially religious instruction) relapses still increased, it was understood that it might not be very useful to subject a man for months or years to the monastic life of Trappist brothers, in these monstrous human hives (which Bentham brought to the notice of the French Constituent Assembly under the name of "panopticons"), and to discharge him from prison at the end of his term, and plunge him into all the temptations of an atmosphere to which his lungs had become disaccustomed.

    Criminal Sociology

  • Unless the residences in your neighborhood are panopticons run by the doormen, I have some doubt about that.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Illegal to (Among Other Things) “Be[] at a Location Frequented by Persons Who Use, Possess or Sell Drugs”

  • What do people think of the idea of ensuring new prison builds are panopticons?

    Usual Council BS Post

  • One thing I will say I am very much for; the complete removal of the other 2 pillars of rights for criminals - property and liberty (and privacy as a component of said liberty), which is why I believe building actual panopticons (as in PB's namesake above) is the way forward: 1. They would be cheaper to run: you would need less manpower as prisoner movements would be highly regulated, watched and controlled.

    Capital punishment and judicial power

  • Foreign theaters, mazes, labyrinths, panopticons, spectatoriums and their ilk had no more charms for the girls, but with Uncle and Aunt they spent the next day in the museums, casinos and panoramas of the city.

    The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair Their Observations and Triumphs

  • But these modern panopticons have been: not for social control, but for entertainment.

    The Guardian World News

  • Google's roving panopticons ran over a baby deer and captured a guy toting a gun on the street.

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • Unlike the surreptitiously enslaving modern, post-modern power vis-À-vis the Taliban is visible, proclaiming loudly its final antinomy to the invisible panopticons of modernity.



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