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The universal and the particular in Latin American penal state formation

Markus-Michael Müller

in Criminalisation and advanced marginality

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9781447300014
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307587 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447300014.003.0010
The universal and the particular in Latin American penal state formation

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Markus Müller analyses the control of the precariat in Latin America, emphasising the role of informal practices alongside state agencies, especially the role of the police in ‘clearing out’ the poor and marginalised to make way for urban development. Official agencies are also assisted by a variety of non-state actors including vigilante groups, death squads, militia or corporations. Such non-state actors are still largely absent from the Western European context but the issue of the over-emphasis on the penal system at the expense of both other security agencies such as the police and wider range of non-penal agencies from welfare, housing, education and urban planning is an important theme in criticisms of Wacquant.

Keywords: Social Control; Security; Precariat; Non-state actors; Informalism

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