Re-thinking the Political Economy of Punishment: Perspectives on Post-Fordism and Penal Politics

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - 167 pagine
The political economy of punishment suggests that the evolution of punitive systems should be connected to the transformations of capitalist economies: in this respect, each 'mode of production' knows its peculiar 'modes of punishment'. However, global processes of transformation have revolutionized industrial capitalism since the early 1970s, thus configuring a post-Fordist system of production. In this book, the author investigates the emergence of a new flexible labour force in contemporary Western societies. Current penal politics can be seen as part of a broader project to control this labour force, with far-reaching effects on the role of the prison and punitive strategies in general.
 

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The Political Economy of Penality and the Sociology of Punishment
1
PostFordism and the Emergence of the Multitude
41
The New Excluded
47
The Immaterial Labour Force
54
The PostFordist Labour Force as a Multitude
60
The Government of Surplus Preliminary Incursions in the Field
67
Control as NonKnowledge
74
The Punitive Metropolis
81
Mass Confinement and Actuarial Penology
91
The Actuarial Prison
103
Actuarial Model of Control?
111
Conclusion
139
Index
163
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Alessandro De Giorgi has a PhD in Criminology from Keele University, UK. He is a researcher in Criminology in the Faculty of Law at the University of Bologna, Italy. His main research interests are in global migrations and the political economy of social control in contemporary societies.

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