Nineteenth Century Accounting Practices and Prison Proposals: Christian and Secular Allies in Social Discipline

Ross E. Stewart

Ross Stewart examines Jeremy Bentham's panopticon and Robert Owen's silent monitor and accounting reforms as exemplars of what Michael Foucault has called "panopticism." This essay explores the assumptions about human nature implied in such mechanisms and why Christians, like William Wilberforce, supported and endorsed such projects of moral reform. Mr. Stewart is a professor of Accounting at Seattle Pacific University.

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