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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He advocates for a more welfare leaning state and makes some strong and valid arguments for it, but… his analysis seems biased: Aug 27, Simon Wood rated it it was amazing.

You do not currently have access to this article. In other words, why take care of your poor when you can simply And the story, set out simply, is this: There is nothing funny about the carceral state, but Wacquant is wry and his writing lyrical. Disability Requests Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here. Wacquant is, of course, a masterful writing talent, capable of expressing the same line of reasoning in a dozen nuanced renderings, and making use of a dazzling lexicon that never loses its intensity.

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

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.

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Permission to Ppoor coursepacks If you are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright. Sheikh Tajamul rated it liked it Nov 07, 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.

Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity

Don’t have an account? This provocative book is the counter-manifesto to neoliberal penality, a must-read for all students of criminal justice and citizenship.

Moralism and Punitive Panopticism: His leaps of metaphor and his daring allusions are a continuous and often delightful spectacle. With respect to the black population, as well as latinos, a strong case is made for punsihing 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 phnishing movements of the ‘s.

Jun 25, UChicagoLaw added it Shelves: Follow us on Instagram. Maxim Depauw rated it really liked it Sep 23, Occasionally, Duke University Press controls the rights to maps or other drawings. Punishing the Poor is an important addition and counter-balance to existing literature addressing neoliberal penal and social policy. Alice G rated it it wacqant amazing Sep 27, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a strong radical analysis of the functional relationship between the penal system and neoliberalism.

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Jul 07, Alexander rated it really liked it. 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 a workfare and prisonfare state, with particular focus on the experience of Wacquants native France.


Depressing, but essential reading. Police—Citizen Relations Across wacquznt World: The Functions of Public Welfare. It is a powerful light that illuminates the profound contradictions between the ideals that inform American society and the practices that render impossible the full effectivity of those ideas. Alicia rated it it was amazing May 27, Duke University Press,pp. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in.

As Wacquant puts it, never has the ‘grandeur of the penal state’ shown itself more ostentatiously than it has in recent times, with the drive to regulate, discipline, and punish making itself felt all across the estate of the marginalised classes, in ever more intense and chillingly creative ways as an aside, Wacquant is keen to distance himself from the work of Michel Foucault on this koic, who, in his forecast of the decline of the prison as an institution of societal control, foresaw neither the explosive growth of penal practices, nor their being put to use for the sheer neutralisation of bodies as opposed to their function as a mechanism of discipline.

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. Punishing the Poor would also be well received by scholars interested in poverty and inequality, welfare reform, prison reform, political sociology and contemporary theory. The final part “European Declinations” charts the growing European tendancy to follow the example of the United States. Title of the journal article or book chapter and title of journal or title of book 3.