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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And the story, set out simply, is this: 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 awcquant the social insecurity spawned by the fragmentation of wage labor and the shakeup of the ethnoracial hierarchy.

He is a co-founder and editor of the interdisciplinary journal Ethnography.

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Ironically, given its subject matter, literally and figuratively, the book takes no prisoners. Wacquant regards “workfare and prisonfare” as two sides of the same coin: Sign-in or register now punishign continue.

Overall this book makes a significant contribution to radical criminology and is well worth reading.

The Functions of Public Welfare. Sign In or Create an Account. View additional images and download publicity materials. This book will be of great interest to Canadian sociologists, criminologists and policy makers in light of the recent moves of the Harper government to reform the prison system in Canada along the lines of the American model. He has spotted some things that are very important and that social scientists should take more seriously.


Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity

Your Friends Email Address: Alice G rated it it was amazing Sep 27, Raymond Williams, cited in Gunvald Nilsen Moralism and Punitive Panopticism: Wacquant has made a massive contribution to wacquan science, and has extremely rare qualities indeed.

Please direct permission requests for these images to permissions dukeupress. His argument has made me consider whether there might be changes associated with the neoliberal state that bear perversely not just on the lower class, but also on the middle class. Sheikh Tajamul rated it liked it Nov 07, Follow us on Instagram. For book covers to accompany reviews, please contact the publicity department.

In this portrait prison serves three purposes: This provocative book is the counter-manifesto to neoliberal penality, a must-read for all students of criminal justice and citizenship.

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Punishing the Poor makes a convincing case for the failure of the American penal system, which has seen staggering expansion despite a reduction in crime rates. Punishing the Poor retains punishkng certain power, reminding us of the hypermodern yet archaic world of prisons still in our midst. Gabriel Alonso arias rated it really liked it Aug 11, If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Permission to Photocopy coursepacks If you are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a strong radical analysis of the functional relationship between the penal punishlng and neoliberalism.

There is nothing funny about the carceral state, but Wacquant is wry and his writing lyrical.

Feb 11, Jorge Caballero rated it liked it. This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. Yet, as set out in this harrowing sociological study of American prisonfare, these figures only barely begin to tell the story of the colossal social and political shifts that truly underlie their magnitude. Although not exactly a comfortable bedtime read, this is an interesting book which raises some excellent points.


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Maya rated it it was amazing May 11, Tables and Figures ix Prologue: Also, since Wacquant sees the developments in the United States as a harbinger of events in Europe, this book can act as something of a cautionary tale about the costs of building more coercive and punitive systems of governance.

Wacquant has published an incisive and useful book that many political scientists will find of interest. His passion ad commitment wacquaht laudable. Lien Bultinck rated it liked it Jan 29, Part 3 – “Priviliged Targets” is divided into two distinct case studies, the first being “The Prison as Surrogate Ghetto” deals in further detail with black experience of the penal system; and “Moralism and Punitive Panopticism” engages with the subject of prison and sexual offenders in a refreshingly objective manner, charting the moral posturing of politicians and the media against a punitive regime that may well louc rates of recidivism, and arguing for a dispassionate, rigorously scientific re-look at the whole question of sexual offenders with a view to reducing rates of re-offending and providing the most effective protection of the public.