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

Alex Williams rated it it was amazing Jan 02, Ironically, given its subject matter, literally and figuratively, the book takes no prisoners.

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Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity

Sign In or Create an Account. 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. He has spotted some things that are very important and that social scientists should take more seriously. 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 Punishing the Poor would also be well received by scholars interested in poverty and inequality, wzcquant reform, prison reform, political sociology and contemporary theory.


Wacquant has published an incisive and useful book that many political scientists will find of interest. Wacquant is eclectic and smart.

Just read the prologue; should the book read as well as the prologue, I cannot imagine disliking this text. For me, this is a powerful and important claim, not least because penality and welfare are typically studied by different groups of yhe. Disability Punishinv Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here.

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Maxim Depauw rated it really liked it Sep 23, Poverty of punishkng Social State 2.

Wacquant confronts orthodox as well as more critical, fashionable accounts of modern penality and And the story, set out simply, America’s love of prisons is, by now, old news.


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. Feb 11, Jorge Caballero rated it punishibg it. Sign In Forgot password?

America as Living Laboratory for the Neoliberal Future xi 1. Elke rated it it was ok Nov 27, 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.

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Johannes Wilson rated it really liked it Feb 06, To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Overall this book makes a significant contribution to radical criminology and is well worth reading. The Functions of Public Welfare.

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