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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Alicia rated it it was amazing May 27, Sign In Forgot password? Maxim Depauw rated it really liked it Sep 23, Sign-in or register now to continue. Occasionally, Duke University Press controls the rights to maps or other drawings. There is nothing funny about the carceral state, but Wacquant is wry and his writing lyrical.

In other words, why take care of your poor when you can simply 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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Purchase Subscription prices tthe ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. While I’ve so far focused on the many ‘qualitative’ stakes of Wacquant’s book, it’s worth emphasising that in truth, Punishing the Poor doubles a veritable handbook of statistics and numbers, thrown at the reader with almost overwhelming force; coupled too with the many vignettes of ‘localised’ case studies littered throughout each chapter, one is hard pressed to come away with anything but sheer agreement with the book’s many conclusions most of which are couched in a palpable pathos of glowing fury.


You do not currently have access to this article. Please check the credit line adjacent to the illustration, as well as the front and back matter of the book for a list of credits. America as Living Laboratory for the Neoliberal Future xi 1.

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Title of the journal article or book chapter and title of journal or title of book 3. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? 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.

Sarah rated it it was amazing Aug 27, The book could greatly benefit from a serious editing and synthesizing effort. Wacquatn has spotted some things that are very important and that social scientists should take more seriously. Punishing the Poor is an important book. Moralism and Punitive Panopticism: Also, since Wacquant sees the developments in the United States as a harbinger wacquan 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.

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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Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. 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, Wacquant has a provocative and interesting argument. Paperbackpages.

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

Alice G rated it it was amazing Sep 27, A tour de force! With respect to the black population, as well as latinos, a strong case is made for regarding 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 rights movements of the ‘s.

Julia rated it it was amazing Jan 18, With an incarcerated population of 2. Duke University Press,pp.