26 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2003
We argue that the links between welfare, policing, and exclusion, though rarely made explicit, nevertheless form the undercurrent of the modern neo-liberal state. In making this argument, we draw particularly upon the voluminous literature which amplifies the seminal work of Foucault, especially as it relates to government. Thereafter, we apply this set of understandings to the way in which the unauthorized encampments of Gypsies and Travellers are policed. We concentrate first on the construction of legislation and its legal aftermath. Subsequently, we draw upon case study evidence to illustrate our thesis, particularly focusing on the sorting processes of decision-makers.
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Cowan, Dave and Lomax, Delia, Policing Unauthorized Camping. Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 30, pp. 283-308, June 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=411161
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