Pros And Cons Of Government Neoliberalism

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The theorist in this book sets out to show that penalization alone is not the answer to our current crime problems. Loïc Wacquant states that law and order and the penal system have distorted reality and created a crime issue. This claim asserts that the state has convinced the people that there is a crisis in the country and its was and is caused by the welfare state. According to the state the assistance given to the needy is causing the country to experience more crime the ideas of neoliberalism will change all that. The ideas of governmental neoliberalism consist of privatization of public systems such as the penal system, education, health and others. The neoliberal government is based on de-socialization of the people. It requires the …show more content…
Aspects remain, but the penal state took over. The state is symbolized by the Centaur. The centaur has a human upper body, and this is how the state views middle and upper class, as human. The bottom half of the Centaur is the beast, and this is the symbol the state uses for the lower and underclass, this is the class that needs to be tamed and programed to properly participate in society. Mass incarceration is the answer for those who cannot survive in the unequal state they have been forced into. The lower classes are pitted against the state, while the state caters to the upper class. Privatization and bureaucratization have become key to the marginalization of these people. As aid is removed, those who could not adjust became targets of the new state, this group consisted primarily of minority …show more content…
Garlands understanding of punishment is being to gain control. Control is needed because the neoliberal reaction has created a criminological predicament that is fueled by a state’s failing political endeavor and the attempt to cover it. Wacquant does not share this same sentiment and sees the workings of the state as a political success. Garland sees a crumbling system while Wacquant sees a revived state the can deliver justice. Garland also sees the states a lot of crime a little justice and a split reaction by the state. The cohesion Wacquant sees within the state to maintain control through tension while Garlands view is both an over and under reaction by the state. Bourdieu view is like Wacquant’s theory of the state. Bourdieu views an adaptive one that is limited in its responses to prevent crime and in return relies on penal part of the bureaucracy. He sees the actions of the government as several forces within the government competing for contracts and other public goods and striving to attain more definitions of the people and groups. These definitions, as stated before, give power. Garland approach deals with a reaction of a state in panic attempting to maintain control. Wacquant saw both aspects, he saw that states response of penalization as both an adaptation and acting out, at the administrative level and the political level response

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