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9780719079740_C04.qxd 4 22/2/10 15:10 Page 71 Loïc Wacquant The use and abuse of the prison in the age of social insecurity In this essay, I draw selectively on my three books on the nexus of penality, poverty and politics to present the skeleton of an argument explaining the expansion and glorification of the penal mission of the state in the early twenty-first century as part and parcel of the neoliberal revolution and an exercise in state-crafting.1 The prison boom we are witnessing around the world today, qualifying as the ‘third age’ of carceral

in Incarceration and human rights
The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2007

This book examines the intersection between incarceration and human rights. It is about why independent inspection of places of custody is a necessary part of human rights protection, and how that independence is manifested and preserved in practice. Immigration and asylum policies ask crucial questions about national identity, about human rights, and about our values as compassionate citizens in an era of increasingly complex international challenges. The book deals with the future of prisons and shows how the vulnerable population has been unconscionably treated. To arrive at a proper diagnosis of the expansive use and abuse of the prison in the age of economic deregulation and social insecurity, it is imperative that we effect some analytic breaks with the gamut of established approaches to incarceration. The book explores the new realities of criminal confinement of persons with mental illness. It traces the efforts of New Right think-tanks, police chiefs and other policy entrepreneurs to export neoliberal penality to Europe, with England and Wales acting as an 'acclimatization chamber'. In a series of interventions, of which his Oxford Amnesty Lecture is but one, Loic Wacquant has in recent years developed an incisive and invaluable analysis of the rise and effects of what he calls the penal state.

Lan Loader

, not in all of them – the turn towards penal confinement is also apparent and inmate numbers swell. The prison today looms large in the political and social imagination. In a series of interventions, of which his Oxford Amnesty Lecture is but one, Loïc Wacquant has in recent years developed an incisive and invaluable analysis of the rise and effects of what he calls the penal state.2 If he and it did not exist, it would be necessary to invent them. There is much in the contemporary economic, social and penal condition that properly calls for the kind of analysis he

in Incarceration and human rights
Open Access (free)
Emilio Santoro

institutionalisation of citizens than was previously considered acceptable. Zygmunt Bauman 3 and Loïc Wacquant 4 have recently argued that the spread of security related policies is closely related to the neo-liberal programme first adopted by New Right governments in Britain and the USA, and which is now presented throughout the western world as the necessary (or inevitable) response to globalisation. They regard the criminalisation of

in Political concepts
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Melissa McCarthy

that better resources are urgently needed outside prisons, as well as inside. 9780719079740_A02.qxd 4 22/2/10 15:09 Page 4 Incarceration and human rights In Part II, ‘Beyond the prison’, the contributors are less immediately concerned with the specifics of what happens behind bars. Building, in particular, on Zetter and Lazarus’s lead, they set out a reconfiguration of how we might theorise, and act, on issues of incarceration and human rights. Loïc Wacquant, a sociologist, Thomas Mathiesen, a professor of sociology of law and an activist, and Jack Mapanje, a

in Incarceration and human rights
Tom Inglis

-solidarity are developed in Siniša Malešević, NationStates and Nationalisms (Cambridge: Polity, 2013). 4 Jim MacLaughlin, Reimaging the Nation State: The Contested Terrains of Nation Building (London: Pluto Press, 2001). 5 Derek Scally, ‘Taoiseach Blames Crash on “Mad Borrowing” Frenzy’, Irish Times, 29 January 2012. 6 Loïc Wacquant, ‘For an Analytic of Racial Domination’, in Political Power and Social Theory (Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 1997). 7 Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1979). 8 For a more

in Are the Irish different?
David Ranc

within a larger cultural ensemble) is another main field for an interpretative framework in North America and Europe. The approach has been partly illustrated by the work of Loïc Wacquant in his studies on boxing,18 Christian Pociello on rugby19 and Charles Suaud on tennis clubs.20 Even if the meaning that supporters give to their actions is to be taken into account in any analysis of their behaviour, figurational sociology, and the works of Roger Caillois have shown the importance of being careful in any assessment of supporters’ behaviour. Figurational sociology

in Foreign players and football supporters
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Shakespeare’s brute part
Richard Wilson

sciences socials , 18 (1997), 55–68, trans. Richard Nice and Loïc Wacquant in Pierre Bourdieu and Democratic Politics , eds Loïc Wacquant (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2005), p. 31. For the dating of the play, see Barbara Freedman, ‘Shakespearean Chronology, Ideological Complicity, and Floating Texts: Something Is Rotten in Windsor’, Shakespeare Quarterly , 45 (1994

in Free Will
Peter Triantafillou

approaches Recently, a number of French sociologists have provided a refreshing and sharp critique of neoliberal politics in terms of political economy. Perhaps the most famous is Loïc Wacquant’s critical analysis of the neoliberal state (Wacquant, 2009, 2010). Taking his point of departure in the tendency of going tough on crime in many OECD countries since the 1990s, Wacquant argues that neoliberalism is not only about market rule but also about supervisory workfare, a proactive penal state and the generalised elevation of an ethos of individual responsibility (for

in Neoliberal power and public management reforms
Life in the waiting room
Anne-Marie Fortier

principle of integration not only as an individual obligation, but also as a citizenship obligation. Cameron's phrase resonates with Loic Wacquant's description of the shift to neoliberal governance as a period of the ‘remasculinization of the state’, ‘the transition from the kindly “nanny state” of the Fordist-Keynesian era to the strict “daddy state” of neoliberalism’ with ‘[t]he new priority given to duties over rights, sanctions over support, the stern rhetoric of the “obligations of citizenship”’ (Wacquant, cited in Tyler 2013 : 52–53). While tools like

in Uncertain citizenship