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This point is best pursued in connection with the further question of the perpetuation of prison. Penitentiary and delinquent are also functionally interrelated insofar as the inmates of the new prisons had come to be delineated as something more than mere offenders. e. as law-breakers. Further, social definitions of criminality are particularly focused on the misdeeds themselves. By contrast, delinquency is not a purely legal category, but a 'scientifico-legal' one; and its reference is not simply to the juridical subject who commits a legal offence.
Spies ... the pleasure that kindles at having to evade this power ... or travesty it' (HS, p. 45). Foucault is especially interested in the implantation of perversions as an effect of the exercise of parental domestic powers against child masturbation, indications of homosexuality, and sibling sex. It is no detraction from the novelty and significance of Freud's discoveries ifit is insisted that the field of child sexuality was well ploughed by the end of the nineteenth century. Indeed the sexualisation of children is part of their very construction as a distinct personal category, their being invested with a complex psychology distinct both from adults and from one another.
To be able, today, as one's parents were not, to speak freely of one's sexual desires and fears does not represent an unambiguous liberation from repressive power relations, ifit can be shown to be a functioning element within relations of power and knowledge which regiment sexuality not primarily through mechanisms of repression, but through an organised mis-endiscours of sex. Further, Foucault argues that 'repression' as a category is in fact central to the myth by which other power tactics mask their operation.