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Rehabilitating Leviathan: Reflections on the state, economic regulation and violence reduction

Hall, H. and Winlow, S. (2003) Rehabilitating Leviathan: Reflections on the state, economic regulation and violence reduction. Theoretical Criminology, 7 (2). pp. 139-162. ISSN 1362-4806

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Abstract

This article argues that some currently influential liberal-culturalist discourses tend to underplay the direct link between violent street crime, economic marginalization and the more ruthless adaptive aspects of advanced capitalist culture. In doing so they consistently reify the state, misconstrue its social role and represent its decline as a fait accompli. There is also a tendency to misrepresent the relative and moderate success in reducing street violence that it once achieved by using its political mandate to help maintain underlying economic stability above the required threshold. Underneath these discourses is a tacit political endorsement of the global neo-liberal project that is revealed by their collusion in the political neutralization of populations and the delegitimization of the potentially democratic state and its vital role in socio-economic stabilization and violence reduction.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Sociology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2009 13:08
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2009 13:08
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1362480603007002415
Status: Published
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Identification Number: 10.1177/1362480603007002415
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7759

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