9780822344223-082234422X-Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity

Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity

ISBN-13: 9780822344223
ISBN-10: 082234422X
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Loïc Wacquant
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Format: Paperback 384 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780822344223
ISBN-10: 082234422X
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Loïc Wacquant
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Format: Paperback 384 pages

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Acknowledged author Loïc Wacquant wrote Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity comprising 384 pages back in 2009. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 082234422X and 9780822344223. Since then Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 9.03 or rent at the marketplace.

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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. It partakes of a broader reconstruction of the state wedding restrictive “workfare” and expansive “prisonfare” under a philosophy of moral behaviorism. This paternalist program of penalization of poverty aims to curb the urban disorders wrought by economic deregulation and to impose precarious employment on the postindustrial proletariat. It also erects a garish theater of civic morality on whose stage political elites can orchestrate the public vituperation of deviant figures—the teenage “welfare mother,” the ghetto “street thug,” and the roaming “sex predator”—and close the legitimacy deficit they suffer when they discard the established government mission of social and economic protection. By bringing developments in welfare and criminal justice into a single analytic framework attentive to both the instrumental and communicative moments of public policy, Punishing the Poor shows that the prison is not a mere technical implement for law enforcement but a core political institution. And it reveals that the capitalist revolution from above called neoliberalism entails not the advent of “small government” but the building of an overgrown and intrusive penal state deeply injurious to the ideals of democratic citizenship.

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