The Rise of the Penal State in Latin America

Cover: Journal Contemporary Justice Review

Cover: Journal Contemporary Justice Review

Markus-Michael Müller – 2012

The recent work of Loïc Wacquant identified the emergence of the penal state as a core feature of the global expansion of neoliberalism and the neoliberal government urban marginality. Drawing on Wacquant’s theoretical and conceptual reflections, this article analyses the emergence of a Latin American form of penal statecraft. By taking an in-depth look at the increasing criminalization of urban marginality in contemporary Latin America as well as the related developments in the local prison system, the single most important institutional expression of the Latin American penal state, important commonalities and differences between the penal statecraft experiments throughout Latin America and the countries of the ‘developed world’ are highlighted.

Title
The Rise of the Penal State in Latin America
Publisher
Routledge
Location
London
Keywords
Latin America, state, statehood, security, Research Project C3
Date
2012
Identifier
ISSN 1028-2580 (Print) ISSN 1477-2248 (Online)
Appeared in
Contemporary Justice Review: Issues in Criminal, Social, and Restorative Justice, 15 (1), 57-76.
Language
eng
Type
Text