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Criminalisation and advanced marginalityCritically exploring the work of Loic Wacquant$
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Peter Squires and John Lea

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300014

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300014.001.0001

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Bringing the state back in: understanding neoliberal security

Bringing the state back in: understanding neoliberal security

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(p.19) Two Bringing the state back in: understanding neoliberal security
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Criminalisation and advanced marginality
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John Lea

Simon Hallsworth

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300014.003.0002

John Lea and Simon Hallsworth discuss the restrictiveness of Wacquant's characterisation of the neoliberal state as a penal state. They argue that Wacquant's notion of the ‘centaur state’ whose coercive gaze frowns upon the poor and the precariat while it smiles upon the middle and upper classes, fails to grasp a key dynamic of neoliberalism as the reconstruction of all social relations on the model of the rational entrepreneur. They see the coercive aspects of the penal state as one aspect of a wider security state whose increasing surveillance capacities and compromises on civil liberties have effects throughout society. They see the growing role of private agencies as part of the process of expansion rather than displacement of the state.

Keywords:   State theory, Security, Neoliberal governance, Inequality, critique

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