The Global Financial Crisis : Neo-Liberalism, Social Democracy, and Criminology

Brown, David (2011) The Global Financial Crisis : Neo-Liberalism, Social Democracy, and Criminology. In Bosworth, Mary & Hoyle, Carolyn (Eds.) What is Criminology? Oxford University Press, Oxford.

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the economic, political, and social context of the recent global financial crisis, which casts into relief current boundaries of criminology, permeated and made fluid in criminology's recent cultural turn. This cultural turn has reinvigorated criminology, providing new objects of analysis and rich and thick descriptions of the relationship between criminal justice and the conditions of life in ‘late modernity’. Yet in comparison with certain older traditions that sought to articulate criminal justice issues with a wider politics of contestation around political economies and social welfare policies of different polities, many of the current leading culturalist accounts tend in their globalized convergences to produce a strangely decontextualized picture in which we are all subject to the zeitgeist of a unitary ‘late modernity’ which does not differ between, for example, social democratic and neo-liberal polities, let alone allow for the widespread persistence of the pre-modern. It is argued that that contrary to this globalizing trend there are signs within criminology that life is being breathed back into social democratic and penal welfare concerns, habitus, and practices. The chapter discusses three of these signs: the emergence of neo-liberalism as a subject of criminology; a developing comparative penology which recognizes differences in the political economies of capitalist states and evinces a renewed interest in inequality; and a nascent revolt against the ‘generative grammar’, ‘pathological disciplinarities’, and ‘imaginary penalities’ of neoliberal managerialism.

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ID Code: 68396
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: global financial crisis, criminology, neo-liberalism, criminal justice, neoliberal managerialism, inequality
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571826.003.0006
ISBN: 9780199571826
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Oxford University Press
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2014 23:24
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2015 07:33

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