Punishing the poor : the neoliberal government of social insecurity

Loïc Wacquant

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 generated 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 "gang banger," 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 coming 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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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 generated 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 "gang banger," 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 coming 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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[目次]

  • Prologue: America as living laboratory for the neoliberal future
  • Figures and springs of penal pornography
  • The material and symbolic charges of incarceration 1. Social insecurity and the punitive upsurge
  • 2. The criminalization of poverty in the post-Civil Rights era
  • 3. Welfare "reform" as poor discipline and statecraft
  • 4. The great confinement of the fin de siecle
  • 5. The coming of carceral "Big Government"
  • 6. The Prison as Surrogate Ghetto
  • 7. Moralism and punitive panoptism: hunting down sex offenders
  • 8. The scholarly myths of the new law-and-order reason
  • 9. Carceral aberration a la French

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[目次]

  • Prologue: America as living laboratory for the neoliberal future
  • Figures and springs of penal pornography
  • The material and symbolic charges of incarceration 1. Social insecurity and the punitive upsurge
  • 2. The criminalization of poverty in the post-Civil Rights era
  • 3. Welfare "reform" as poor discipline and statecraft
  • 4. The great confinement of the fin de siecle
  • 5. The coming of carceral "Big Government"
  • 6. The Prison as Surrogate Ghetto
  • 7. Moralism and punitive panoptism: hunting down sex offenders
  • 8. The scholarly myths of the new law-and-order reason
  • 9. Carceral aberration a la French

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この本の情報

書名 Punishing the poor : the neoliberal government of social insecurity
著作者等 Wacquant, Loïc J. D.
Wacquant Loic
書名別名 Punir les pauvres
シリーズ名 A John Hope Franklin Center book
Politics, history, and culture
出版元 Duke University Press
刊行年月 2009
版表示 English language ed
ページ数 xxiii, 384 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780822344223
9780822344049
NCID BA91403885
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言語 英語
原文言語 フランス語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
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