‘Impedimenta state’: Anatomies of neoliberal penality

Martin Russell Jones

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Punishing the Poor avers not only that the United States has shifted from the single (welfare) to the double (social-cum-penal) regulation of the poor, but also that the ‘stunted development of American social policy’ skilfully dissected by Piven and Cloward stands in close causal and functional relation to America’s uniquely overgrown and hyperactive penal policy. The misery of American welfare and the grandeur of American prisonfare at century’s turn are the two sides of the same political coin. The generosity of the latter is in direct proportion to the stinginess of the former, and it expands to the degree that both are driven by moral behaviourism. (Wacquant, 2009a: 292–3, original emphasis)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-404
JournalCriminology and Criminal Justice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


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