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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Page numbers if excerpting, provide specifics For coursepacks, please also note: Wacquant has published an incisive and useful book that many political scientists will find of interest. Passion and the power of persuasion drive his text repeatedly — sentence after sentence, paragraph after paragraph of layered arguments on the materialist anatomies of post-Fordist society, its urban forms, and contradictions. Ironically, given its subject matter, literally and figuratively, the book takes no prisoners.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a strong radical analysis of the functional relationship between the penal system and neoliberalism. America as Living Laboratory for the Neoliberal Future xi 1. America’s love of prisons is, by now, old news.
His passion ad commitment are laudable.
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. The Functions of Public Welfare. Liam rated it it was amazing Feb 18, Punishing the Poor retains a certain power, reminding us of the hypermodern yet archaic world of prisons still in our midst.
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. Punishing the Poor would also be well received by scholars interested in poverty and inequality, welfare reform, prison reform, political sociology and contemporary theory.
His leaps of metaphor and his daring allusions are a continuous and often delightful spectacle. In other words, why take care of wacquajt poor when you can simply This provocative book is the counter-manifesto to neoliberal penality, a must-read for all students of criminal justice and citizenship.
Lien Bultinck rated it liked it Jan 29, With respect to the black population, as well as latinos, a strong case wacqyant made for regarding the changes to the labour market and welfare entitlements as functioning as a further stage of repression following slavery and the post-reconstruction “Jim Crow” era following the gains of the civil rights movements of the ‘s. It begins with a comprehensive debunking of zero-tolerance policing in particular that wacquanf New Yorks Mayor Rudy Giuliani, before moving on to general European turn to a workfare and prisonfare state, with particular focus on the experience of Wacquants native France.
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Wacquant is eclectic and smart. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Apr 18, Nola Rankin rated it liked it.
Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity
Wacquant has a provocative and interesting argument. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. And while it’s also the case that much of the data here is, by now, somewhat dated the book having been published inWacquant’s observation that the US has been – and remains – a ‘living laboratory of the neoliberal revolution’ means that the work here is nonetheless indispensable for understanding not just the world as it has been, but the world in its becoming.
It should be read—and debated. Poverty of the Social Lioc 2. Citing articles via Web of Science 2. Overall this book makes a significant contribution to radical criminology and is well worth reading.
Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity by Loïc Wacquant
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The biggest, but far from fatal, shortcoming of the book is the occasional descent into what might be regarded as academic jargon. The final part “European Declinations” charts the growing European tendancy to follow the example of the Te States.
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