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Penal managerialism from within: implications for theory and research

Cheliotis, Leonidas (2006) Penal managerialism from within: implications for theory and research. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 29 (5). pp. 397-404. ISSN 0160-2527

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2006.03.003


Unlike the bulk of penological scholarship dealing with managerialist reforms, this article calls for greater theoretical and research attention to the often pernicious impact of managerialism on criminal justice professionals. Much in an ideal-typical fashion, light is shed on: the reasons why contemporary penal bureaucracies endeavor systematically to strip criminal justice work of its inherently affective nature; the structural forces that ensure control over officials; the processes by which those forces come into effect; and the human consequences of submission to totalitarian bureaucratic milieus. It is suggested that the heavy preoccupation of present-day penality with the predictability and calculability of outcomes entails the atomization of professionals and the dehumanization of their work. This is achieved through a kaleidoscope of direct and indirect mechanisms that naturalize and/or legitimate acquiescence.

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Additional Information: © 2006 Elsevier
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2015 13:59
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 18:33

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