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1 Michel Foucaults claims that the power-knowledge relationship that is prevalent in society both on the large and small scale 2 Foucault argues on the different uses of power The first one being that is the physical power and the effect of this power on the mind of the individual He suggest that this type of power which is usually use as punishment and extraction of information has gone from being a very physical and public ritual and evolving later to a private ceremony hidden behind walls and consisting of mental torture Although the intended use of this power is to punish it filters itself into everyday life and these turn out to be the rule which society is to live by 3 Power in society according to Foucault is to make people do things not repress them The first evidence of this power is within the family 4 The parents in a family have the power over their children This is due to two reasons The first is because they are physically more powerful The second reason is that they have more knowledge Foucault claims as an individual grows they gain more knowledge through experience which increases their power within the society However they still have very little of the power to get others to do what they want The individual then goes to school where again they are confronted with the power-knowledge relationship In this case the teacherprofessor has the power the student is at their mercy The student does what the teacherprofessor says because the student knows that in order to advance in society they will have to continue to gain the knowledge to achieve the power The teacherprofessor is the key to that power The way the individual is subjected to this power only changes when they have mastered a discipline It may be fair to say that power produces knowledge and not simply by encouraging it because it
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