Monday, March 25, 2013

The Disciplining Gaze

           Foucault introduces the interesting concept of the disciplining gaze and the way surveillance causes the body to act in particular ways.  I find this idea fascinating and very true – when we are with certain groups, we tend to do or say certain things that we wouldn’t otherwise.  An example that comes to mind when considering the disciplining gaze is peer pressure.  As a teen, I often succumbed to my friends and what they were doing.  If they behaved a certain way, I followed suit, even if I wouldn’t have done those things in other situations.  The knowledge that someone watched me caused me to act in a way I wouldn’t have when I was alone.

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