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"Punitive reformation": state-sanctioned labour through criminal justice and welfare / Jon Burnett

Revisiting Crimes of the Powerful: Marxism, Crime and Deviance, Pages: 283 - 296

Swansea University Author: Jon Burnett

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DOI (Published version): 10.4324/9781315212333

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This chapter examines an aspect of the “imaginary social order” that was integral to the analysis within Crimes of the Powerful, but has rarely been adequately explored: the “belief that the interests of labour are essentially the same as the interests of capital”. As Frank Pearce powerfully demonst...

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Published in: Revisiting Crimes of the Powerful: Marxism, Crime and Deviance
ISBN: 9781315212333
Published: Abingdon Routledge 2018
Online Access: https://www.routledge.com/Revisiting-Crimes-of-the-Powerful-Marxism-Crime-and-Deviance/Bittle-Snider-Tombs-Whyte/p/book/9780415791427
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa40945
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Abstract: This chapter examines an aspect of the “imaginary social order” that was integral to the analysis within Crimes of the Powerful, but has rarely been adequately explored: the “belief that the interests of labour are essentially the same as the interests of capital”. As Frank Pearce powerfully demonstrated, considerable ideological work went into constructing and reproducing the idea that the relationship between labour and capital was basically consensual, and certainly democratic, in the forms of social order that were the subject of his analysis. Yet despite the importance of this insight – not least for its contribution to the theorisation of the state within Crimes of the Powerful – it is an observation that some four decades later needs expansion. Against the backdrop of the sustained neoliberal revolution that has swept through the political and cultural landscape, unwaged or-sub-waged labour has been (re)embedded and reformulated in the delivery of mainstream welfare and criminal policy
Keywords: prison labour, workfare, community payback, unfree labour, punishment, crimes of the powerful
College: Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law
Start Page: 283
End Page: 296