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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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The universal and the particular in Latin American penal state formation

The universal and the particular in Latin American penal state formation

(p.195) Ten The universal and the particular in Latin American penal state formation
Criminalisation and advanced marginality

Markus-Michael Müller

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Markus Müller analyses the control of the precariat in Latin America, emphasising the role of informal practices alongside state agencies, especially the role of the police in ‘clearing out’ the poor and marginalised to make way for urban development. Official agencies are also assisted by a variety of non-state actors including vigilante groups, death squads, militia or corporations. Such non-state actors are still largely absent from the Western European context but the issue of the over-emphasis on the penal system at the expense of both other security agencies such as the police and wider range of non-penal agencies from welfare, housing, education and urban planning is an important theme in criticisms of Wacquant.

Keywords:   Social Control, Security, Precariat, Non-state actors, Informalism

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