Modernity and the 'failure' of crime control

Tait, Gordon (2004) Modernity and the 'failure' of crime control. In Hil, Richard & Tait, Gordon (Eds.) Hard Lessons : Reflections on Governance and Crime Control in Late Modernity. Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 18-32.

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Rather than understanding the recurrent failure of various attempts at crime control as unfortunate and undesirable aberrations, all too familiar glitches an otherwise uninterrupted teleological march to a better society, such failures are instead positioned as part of the fabric of late modernity itself. That is, society changes not according to a predetermined logic along neatly defined and clearly reasoned tracks, rather it hurtles from crisis to crisis, from failure to failure, and it is the regulation of that failure which produces new initiatives and new forms of governance. Utilising the example of the modern prison, this chapter contends that too great an emphasis upon this institution’s ‘failure’ results not only in a neglect of the many other functions that it serves in the regulation of difference, but also, and more generally, it results in an underestimation of the importance of failure in providing new impetus for social transformation.

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ID Code: 28797
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Governance, Modernity, Prisons, crime control
ISBN: 9780754622161
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Ashgate Publishing
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2009 06:51
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2015 14:13

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