Secondary Effects

  • Joe Rollins


In Discipline and Punish, Michel Foucault locates the body of the condemned man as an initial site of regulation whereby the convict’s crimes and the power of the state are inscribed upon the flesh through rituals of public torture and execution. The cases in Chapter 2 display a similar form of spectacle as AIDS was written onto the body in such a way that produced the reality of disease and the power of the state even when the virus itself was absent. In this chapter, the regulatory technologies become somewhat more diffuse, extending beyond surveillance of the body and operating instead through the organization of space. Instead of situating the body as the site of the power–knowledge nexus, and compelling confessions from the physical presences of the people involved, these stories display a more efficient and subtle microphysics of power at work between and among the bodies of adult theater patrons.


Sexual Identity Marion County Adult Entertainment Undesirable Health Effect Adult Theater 
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