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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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Illicit economies and the carceral social zone

Illicit economies and the carceral social zone

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(p.173) Nine Illicit economies and the carceral social zone
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Criminalisation and advanced marginality
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Vincenzo Ruggiero

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300014.003.0009

Vincenzo Ruggiero questions the centrality of Wacquant's account of the symbolic functions of punishment and argues that what is feared about the poor is less their criminal capacity than their indolence. The claim is that it is not primarily a question of the criminality of the poor that leads to their criminalisation but their implicit challenge – just by being there – to the work ethic and exposure of the failure of capitalism to produce secure employment for all. Ruggiero refers to traditions of urban social theory - Walter Benjamin, and Henri Lefebvre on the design of the city to render invisible the ‘socially useless’. He also considers the role of disorder and resistance in the structuring of the city

Keywords:   Criminality and poverty, Social disorder, Resistance, Work ethic, Punishment

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