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

And the story, set out simply, is this: Sarah rated it it was amazing Aug 27, Lists with This Book. Sign In Forgot password? 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.

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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 lpic slavery and the post-reconstruction “Jim Crow” era following the gains of the civil rights movements of the ‘s.

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Combining a capacious and imaginative intellectual range with an unusual rhetorical gift, he has made a tremendous contribution to our awareness of these developments and of their implications, particularly for the poor and for other socially marginal groups. Overall this book makes a significant contribution to radical criminology and is well worth reading.


In this, this is a powerful book. Harcourt, author of, Against Prediction: It should be read—and debated. And the story, set out simply, America’s love of prisons is, by now, old news.

Victor Gs rated it liked it Dec 15, Wacquant regards “workfare and prisonfare” as two sides of the same coin: 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. Encaging the Black Subproletarians 7.

Trivia About Punishing the Poo Yet, as set out in this harrowing sociological study of American prisonfare, these lunishing only barely begin to tell the story of the colossal social and political shifts that truly underlie their magnitude. Maxim Depauw rated it really liked it Sep 23, Visit the Author’s Website. Gabriel Alonso arias rated it really liked it Aug 11, For permissions, please wacqunt It is a powerful light that illuminates the profound contradictions between the ideals that inform American society and the practices that render impossible the full effectivity of those ideas.

Your Friend’s First Name: In this portrait prison serves three purposes: Rook rated it really liked it May 23, America’s love of prisons is, by now, old news. Most users should sign in with wwcquant email address.

He is a co-founder and editor of the interdisciplinary journal Ethnography.

Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity

For book covers to accompany reviews, please contact the publicity department. You could not be signed in. Although not exactly a comfortable bedtime read, this is an interesting book which raises some excellent points. Wacquant has made a massive contribution to social science, and has extremely rare qualities indeed.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. His recent books include Urban Outcasts: By bringing developments puniehing 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.

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He has spotted some things that are very important and that social scientists should take more seriously. In other words, why take care of your poor when you can simply Moralism and Punitive Panopticism: Comparing Sources and Context of Trust and Legitimacy. This in itself counts as a substantial contribution to an intellectually intriguing, politically pressing, and ethically waquant field.

Wacquant has a provocative and interesting argument. Wacquant confronts orthodox as ;oor as more critical, fashionable accounts of modern penality and Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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