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With Punishing the Poor, Loïc Wacquant makes an important and timely contribution in bringing attention to prisons as a core polit- ical institution of neoliberal. Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity. By Loïc Wacquant. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, Pp. $ (cloth);. As well as serving an economic function, Loïc Wacquant argues that the transformation from welfare to mass incarceration and prison/workfare.

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It begins with a comprehensive debunking of zero-tolerance policing in particular that of New Yorks Mayor Rudy Giuliani, before moving on to general European turn to punishin workfare and prisonfare state, with particular focus on the experience of Wacquants native France.

Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity by Loïc Wacquant

In this portrait prison serves three purposes: Jul 12, Du Vaughn rated it liked it. Wacquant’s reminder that criminal justice and social security are interlocking means of regulating certain problems and populations, rather than distinct and separate policy realms, is also welcome. From castles and palaces and churches to prisons and workhouses and schools; from weapons of war to a controlled press, any ruling class, in variable ways though always materially, produces a social and political order.

You do not currently have access to this article. Profiling, Policing, and Punishing in an Actuarial Age. Rook rated it really liked it May 23, The punitive turn of penal policy in the United States after the acme of the Civil Rights movement responds not to rising criminal insecurity but to the social insecurity spawned by the fragmentation of wage labor and the shakeup of the ethnoracial hierarchy.


Depressing, but essential reading. And the story, set out simply, is this: In this, this is a powerful book.

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Julia rated it it was amazing Jan 18, Sarah rated it it was amazing Aug 27, Victor Gs rated it liked it Dec 15, Lien Bultinck rated it liked it Jan 29, Liam rated it it was amazing Feb 18, He is a co-founder and editor of the interdisciplinary journal Ethnography. The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity. Aug 27, Simon Wood rated it it was amazing. This paternalist program of penalization of poverty aims to curb the urban disorders wrought by economic deregulation and to impose precarious employment on the postindustrial proletariat.

His recent books include Urban Outcasts: This provocative book is the counter-manifesto to neoliberal penality, a must-read for all students of criminal justice and citizenship. Nicht der leichteste Stoff aber lohnt!

Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity

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Wacquant is eclectic and smart. For me, this is a powerful and important claim, not least because penality and welfare are typically studied by different groups of people. pumishing

Harcourt, author of, Against Prediction: Tables and Figures ix Prologue: As a sideways study of the neoliberal state, Punishing the Poor thus also deftly shows how for all it’s rhetoric of laissez-faire, the call for ‘small government’ – when examined in practice – only really applies to those at the at the top of the societal ladder; as for those dwelling at the bottom, never has the Leviathan flexed itself in so expansive and heavy-handed a manner. Punishing the Poor would also be well received by scholars interested in poverty and inequality, welfare reform, prison reform, political sociology and contemporary theory.

Just read the prologue; punishiny the book read as well as the prologue, I cannot imagine disliking this text. Part 1 – “The Poverty of the Social State” details the welfare reforms of the post-civil rights era that culminated in the Clinton era “Workfare” act of