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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 Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300014.001.0001

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Loïc Wacquant and Norbert Elias: advanced marginality and the theory of the de-civilising Process

Loïc Wacquant and Norbert Elias: advanced marginality and the theory of the de-civilising Process

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(p.87) Five Loïc Wacquant and Norbert Elias: advanced marginality and the theory of the de-civilising Process
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Criminalisation and advanced marginality
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John J. Rodger

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300014.003.0005

John Rodger takes up Wacquant's concept of ‘advanced marginality’ arguing that this idea can be situated as a complement to Norbert Elias' well known discussion of ‘civilising processes’. Rodger argues that a weakness in Elias' social theory is in understanding situations, including the present, in which ‘decivilising processes’ arrest and reverse the historical tendencies to liberal democracy and the decline of violence in western societies, including how states respond. The suggestion is that Wacquant's concept of the advanced marginality and the penal state can fill some important gaps in Elias' argument.

Keywords:   Advanced marginality, Violence, Civilising process, Norbert Elias, De-civilisation

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