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Governmental Criminology

THE SAGE HANDBOOK OF CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORY: E. McLaughlin, T. Newburn, eds., Sage: London, Forthcoming

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/84

29 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2009  

Pat O'Malley

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: September 13, 2009

Abstract

Governmentality is an analytic approach that emphasises the nature and implications of government plans in terms of (A) the ways in which they identify and imagine problems, (B) the resulting ways they create tools and techniques for dealing with the problem, and (C) the kinds of situation, institutions and subjects they seek to create through the process of governance. This chapter explores the ways in which governmentality has been taken-up in criminology, the specific characteristics of the criminological approach that has emerged on consequence, and the overall value and limitations of this way of doing criminology.

Keywords: governmentality, criminology, neo-liberalism, punishment, risk, neoliberalism

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K30

Suggested Citation

O'Malley, Pat, Governmental Criminology (September 13, 2009). THE SAGE HANDBOOK OF CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORY: E. McLaughlin, T. Newburn, eds., Sage: London, Forthcoming; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/84. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1472890

Pat O'Malley (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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