The Penalisation of Poverty and the Rise of Neoliberalism Cover Image

Penalizacija revščine in vzpon neoliberalizma
The Penalisation of Poverty and the Rise of Neoliberalism

Author(s): Loďc Wacquant
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Slovensko sociološko društvo (in FDV)
Keywords: penal state; neoliberalism; poverty; criminalisation; social policy; penal policy; translation

Summary/Abstract: This article explicates and extends the analyses put forth by the author in his book, Prisons of Poverty, which argues that the generalized increase of carceral populations in advanced societies is due to the growing use of the penal system as an instrument for managing social insecurity and containing the social disorders created at the bottom of the class structure by neoliberal policies of economic deregulation and social-welfare retrenchment. It retraces the steps whereby this “neoliberal penality” was elaborated in the United States and then diffused throughout the world, but contends that European countries are not blindly following the American road to mass imprisonment: Europe’s path to the penal state entails the conjoint intensification of both social and penal treat- ments of poverty and the activation of the policing functions of welfare services leading to a form of “social panoptism.” Only the building of a Europe-wide social state can check the spread of the penalization of poverty and its deleterious social consequences. (translated in the Slovenian language by Tina Kramberger; article was published in European Journal of Criminal Policy and Research, vol. 9, no. 4 (December 2001), pp. 410-412)

  • Issue Year: 19/2003
  • Issue No: 43
  • Page Range: 65-75
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Slovenian