Book Tips

Postby Anna » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:18 am

Hi...
Sorry that I can give you only a book tip.
My english isn't that good, that I could get full into this theme.
I just found that book tip on a german political website, and this book seems to be very interesting.
The german website writer did take a few thesis from the book and showed it to the readers
http://www.nachdenkseiten.de/?p=6123
(you could use the google translator to get this text)
It's about the USA, but as usual, we europeans, especially the germans do copy all things the americans do, and especially the worse things.

Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity (a John Hope Franklin Center Book) by Loïc Wacquant
http://www.amazon.com/Punishing-Poor-Ne ... =1-1-spell

here are the text from the amazon website
Editorial Reviews
Review
"This powerful book shows that America's harsh penal policies are of a piece with our harsh social policies and that both can be understood as a symbolic and material apparatus to control the marginal populations created by neoliberal globalization. A tour de force!"--Frances Fox Piven, co-author of Regulating the Poor "Punishing the Poor is an incisive and unflinching indictment of neoliberal state restructuring and poverty (mis)management. It brilliantly exposes structural and symbolic consonances between 'workfare' and 'prisonfare,' and between emergent, transnational policy orthodoxies in social and penal policy. Loic Wacquant delivers a trenchant, radical, and entirely compelling analysis."--Jamie Peck, author of Workfare States "This masterful treatment of contemporary punishment policies relocates the entire field within the political sweep of the twentieth-century ascendance of economic neoliberalism and the evisceration of the welfare state. Loic Wacquant skillfully weds materialist and symbolic approaches in the best tradition of Marx and radical criminology, on the one hand, and Durkheim and Bourdieu, on the other. This provocative book is the counter-manifesto to neoliberal penalty, a must-read for all students of criminal justice and citizenship."--Bernard E. Harcourt, author of Against Prediction: Profiling, Policing, and Punishing in an Actuarial Age "Boldly conceived and carefully constructed the book details the grandeur of a penal state resourced by the plundering of the social one and dissects the attitudes that legitimate it in all its grandeur. Moreover, Wacquant not only chronicles the enthronement of the penal state in the US but also its imitative climb towards ascendancy in Western Europe...The cityscape he surveys is as ruptured and ill-lit as an urban earthquake, but his gaze is clear and steady...Urgent and timely, absorbing and alarming, Punishing the Poor should warn us that Britain's increasing dependence on our penal state and the accelerating erosion of our social state are one and the same thing, and may prove a disaster." TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION BOOK OF THE WEEK, Louise Hardwick, Times Higher Education, 6th August 2009 "Punishing the Poor retains a certain power, reminding us of the hypermodern yet archaic world of prisons still in our midst" bookforum.com, Sept 2009

Product Description
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.



By the way, what do you think about one or more posts for books and so?
We've got the media section, but I think just a few book & comic & movie tips would be fine.
So, this here is the first book tip about political and social themes.
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