Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Criminology and Penology.


Sears, Alan,




The focus of this research is to develop a social theory explaining why corporal phases of discipline emerge in recent modernized societies. This theory is generated from the historical analysis of Argentina throughout the years 1969 to 1979. Within this time period, a state developed terror apparatus was utilized between 1976 and 1979 to eliminate all forms of subversion. The theoretical bases of this research stem from two major sources. Michel Foucault's work in Discipline and Punish (1979) aided in the formulation of ideological arguments and Immanuel Wallerstein's World-systems theory assisted the structural analysis. In general, this research pays close attention to a nation's ability to satisfy both world market demands and domestic class demands. A nation which cannot appease both sets of demands will experience heightened levels of social conflict. Violent, organized and sustained conflict will contribute to the emergence of corporal phase discipline. This research carefully traces the relationship between the world-economy, internal dissent and an emerging phase of corporal discipline.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1997 .A36. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0138. Adviser: Alan Sears. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.