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Transcending the carceral archipelago: existential, figurational and structurational perspectives on power and control

Green, Simon

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Dr Simon Green S.T.Green@hull.ac.uk
Associate Dean for Research & Enterprise / Reader in Criminology

Abstract

From Foucault (1977) through to Cohen (1985) and Feeley and Simon (1992) criminological thinking about punishment has been dominated by penal rationalities of power and control. This has led to an under-theorised notion of the individual in criminology (Green 2011). As society and penality become increasingly ‘re-emotionalised’ (Karstedt 2011) justice and punishment are invested with a new narrative and expressive dimensions. Drawing on Sartre’s (2010) existential philosophy about choice and authenticity and the social theory of Norbert Elias (2000) and Anthony Giddens (1986) the aim is to locate individual freedom and agency within these wider social conditions and through this begin to provide the basis for a broader conception for criminology of power that is both enabling and liberating as well as oppressive and controlling.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2015
Journal Oñati socio-legal series
Print ISSN 2079-5971
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 3
Pages 919-944
Institution Citation Green, S. (2015). Transcending the carceral archipelago: existential, figurational and structurational perspectives on power and control. Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 5(3), 919-944
Keywords Power, Agency, Figurational sociology, Structuration theory
Publisher URL http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2622078
Additional Information This is an open access article published in Oñati socio-legal series, v.5 issue 3. Article resulting from the paper presented at the workshop Law, Jurisprudence, Governance and Existencial Indeterminacy held in the International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Oñati, Spain, 23-24 May 2013, and coordinated by James Hardie-Bick (Keele University) and Patrick Baert (University of Cambridge).

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