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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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. Zach Baumgart rated it it was amazing Apr 01, Just read the prologue; should the book read as well as the prologue, I cannot imagine disliking this text. To be clear then, while it’s the prison that remains front and centre as the subject of the book, it’s true object is nonetheless the rise of the ‘neoliberal state of insecurity’, and the specific and axial role of the prison in enabling that rise.

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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 makes a convincing case for the failure of the American penal system, which has seen staggering expansion despite a wcquant in crime rates.

Encaging the Black Subproletarians 7. Don’t have an account? Lists with This Book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Eine staubtrockene lange poorr Schilderung wie es vom Welfare zum Workfare kam.


Your volume wacquannt, publication date, publisher, print run, page count, rights sought. 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 punisihng distance himself from the work of Michel Foucault on this point, 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 punisbing of bodies as opposed to their function as a mechanism of discipline.

Maxim Depauw rated it really liked it Sep 23, And the story, set out simply, America’s love of prisons is, by ppunishing, old news.

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

With an incarcerated population of 2. Such, at any rate, is the logic of the state traced here in this brutal social pior political retelling, which, in charting the almost perfectly inverse relationship between welfare and prisonfare, aims to decisively explain the delirious expansion of American carceral field from the s onward. Anand Chukka rated it really liked it Aug 05, Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. His critique is compelling: Punishing the Poor is an important book. Police—Citizen Relations Across the World: It is a powerful light that illuminates the profound contradictions between the ideals that inform American society and the practices that render impossible pknishing full effectivity of those ideas. Jun 25, UChicagoLaw added it Shelves: Wacquant has published an incisive and useful book that many political scientists will find of interest.

Harcourt, author of, Against Prediction: 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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Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity

It should be read—and debated. Aug 27, Simon Wood rated it it was amazing. America’s love of prisons is, by now, old news.

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. Sign in via your Institution Sign in.