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Neoliberal, brutish and short? Cities, inequalities and violences

Peter Squires

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/9781447300014.003.0011
Neoliberal, brutish and short? Cities, inequalities and violences

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Peter Squires emphasises a longer and more subtle evolution of welfare as ‘workfare’ and social discipline in the UK than appears in Wacquant's analysis but also introduces a key theme of resistance and disorder: on the one hand the Hobbesian ‘war of all against all’ but also the violences that obstructs development and the violences of the state which often provoke resistance. He argues that Wacquant tends to under-estimate resistance. In this respect Squires refers to Francis Fox Piven's critique of Wacquant's relative side-lining of the role of, for example, gangs as collective actors – forms of governance from below.

Keywords: Inequality; Violence; Resistance; Gangs; Governance from below

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