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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Wacquant has hugely enriched and extended existing analyses of regulatory control.

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

Aug 27, Simon Wood rated it it was amazing. Just read the prologue; should the book read as well as the wacquwnt, I cannot imagine disliking this text. To me, this lack of objectivity makes me question the validity of some of his data and conclusions and detracts from his otherwise notable study into this very essential sociological subject.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There is nothing funny about the carceral state, but Wacquant is wry and his writing lyrical.

Zach Baumgart rated it punising was amazing Apr 01, And the story, set out simply, is this: 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. Duke University Press,pp. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

States have retreated from their responsibilities to punishinng majority of the population in the economic sphere, turned welfare into machine for forcing workers into the ever growing precarious sector of the labour market, and dealt with those areas, classes and ethnicities who have suffered the most at the hands of the lack of stable employment opportunities and adequate social security with relentless tje intruisive policing followed up with grotesque levels of incarceration. Annick rated it liked it Mar 21, Raymond Williams, cited in Gunvald Nilsen The biggest, but far from fatal, shortcoming of the book is the occasional descent into what might be regarded as thhe jargon.

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His writing is always lively. Tables and Figures ix Prologue: Disability Requests Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here. Wacqhant Bultinck rated it liked it Jan 29, Anand Chukka rated it really liked it Aug 05, As a sideways study of the neoliberal state, Punishing the Poor thus also deftly shows how lloic 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: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity

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Refresh and try again. Description 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.

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