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Marketisation and Privatisation in Criminal Justice$
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Kevin Albertson, Mary Corcoran, and Jake Phillips

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447345701

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447345701.001.0001

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The ‘fearsome frowning face of the state’ and ex-prisoners: promoting employment or alienation, anger and perpetual punishment?

The ‘fearsome frowning face of the state’ and ex-prisoners: promoting employment or alienation, anger and perpetual punishment?

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Marketisation and Privatisation in Criminal Justice
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Del Roy Fletcher

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447345701.003.0020

Wacquant has argued that a transnational political process, comprising harsh penal and social policies, is underway to exert social control over marginal populations created by economic liberalism and welfare state retrenchment. This chapter considers the relevance of Wacquant’s ideas to the UK by drawing upon new primary research which has explored offender experiences of both ‘prisonfare’ and ‘workfare’. It shows how the social atomisation associated with economic liberalism is intensified and institutionalised by prison with dire consequences for the ability of ex-prisoners to display the behaviour necessary to make and sustain a claim for out-of-work benefits. Moreover, the indications are that long-term imprisonment often leaves a legacy of alienation, dependency and conflict which leads to benefit sanctions and further criminal activity.

Keywords:   Wacquant, Social Control, Prison-Fare (why is this hyphenated?)Workfare (why is this not hyphenated), Social Atomisation, Economic Liberalism, Alienation, Dependency

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