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Making Sense of Penal Change$
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Tom Daems

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199559787

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559787.001.0001

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Punishment and the Rise of the Penal State

Punishment and the Rise of the Penal State

(p.175) 5 Punishment and the Rise of the Penal State
Making Sense of Penal Change

Daems Tom

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the work of Loïc Wacquant. It addresses his books Les prisons de la misère, Punir les pauvres, Parias urbains, and his work on how the ghetto and the prison meet and mesh. It also touches upon three important moments or passages in Wacquant's life-course that can help in understanding his scholarship on punishment. It then clarifies how the research has been complemented by his writings on the mass incarceration of blacks in the USA and his work on the rise of the penal state. He makes sense of penal change from a view that accepts resemblances with the political economy of punishment tradition. Next, the chapter provides a critical discussion of Wacquant's scholarship on punishment. The chapter concludes with an exploration of Wacquant's role as a public intellectual.

Keywords:   Loïc Wacquant, punishment, penal state, Les prisons de la misère, Punir les pauvres, Parias urbains

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