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Special Semiotic Characters: What is an Obstacle-Sign?

Gary Genosko


This article regains an understudied exposition from Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish concerning the nuanced semio-techniques that constitute a punitive city perfused with obstacle-signs. The semiotic import of these signs are explicated and then brought into contemporary focus with regard to their political efficacy in drunk-driving campaigns.


Foucault; semio-techniques; obstacle-signs; punitive city; drunk-driving; MADD

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