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[ENG] The London-based publisher Routledge has just published the book The Political Economy of Punishment Today: Visions, debates and challenges. This book has been co-edited by the ECRIM member José Ángel Brandariz, together with Dario Melossi (University of Bologna, Italy) and Máximo Sozzo (National University of the Litoral, Argentina). This book includes an article authored by Patricia Faraldo, as well as another one written by José Ángel Brandariz. This book has been edited based on the lectures and talks given within an international conference on the political economy of punishment, which was held at the University of A Coruna in September 2014.

INTRODUCTION: Over the last fifteen years, the analytical field of punishment and society
has witnessed an increase of research developing the connection
between economic processes and the evolution of penality from
different standpoints, focusing particularly on the increase of rates of
incarceration in relation to the transformations of neoliberal capitalism.
Bringing together leading researchers from diverse geographical
contexts, this book reframes the theoretical field of the political
economy of punishment, analysing penality within the current
economic situation and connecting contemporary penal changes with
political and cultural processes. It challenges the traditional and
common sense understanding of imprisonment as ‘exclusion’ and posits
a more promising concept of imprisonment as a ‘differential’ or
‘subordinate’ form of ‘inclusion’.
This groundbreaking book will be a key text for scholars who are
working in the field of punishment and society as well as reaching a
broader audience within law, sociology, economics, criminology and
criminal justice studies.

The Political Economy of Punishment Today: An Introduction
(José A. Brandariz-García, Dario Melossi and Máximo Sozzo; 1.
Between Struggles and Discipline: Marx and Foucault on
Penality and the Critique of Political Economy (Dario Melossi;
2. The Renaissance of The Political Economy of Punishment
from a Comparative Perspective (Máximo Sozzo; 3. For and
Against the Political Economy of Punishment: Thoughts on
Bourdieu and Punishment (Ignacio González-Sánchez; 4. Do
Economic Depressions Reduce the Use of Fines? Revisiting
Rusche and Kirchheimer’s Punishment and Social Structure
(Patricia Faraldo Cabana; 5. From One Recession to Another:
The Lessons of a Long-Term Political Economy of Punishment.
The Example of Belgium (1830-2014) (Charlotte Vanneste; 6.
Political Economy and Punishment in Australia (Hilde Tubex;
7. Punishment in A Hybrid Political Economy: The Italian Case
(1970-2010) (Zelia A. Gallo; 8. ‘A Return to Gulags’? Explaining
Trends in Post-Soviet Prison Rates (Gavin Slade; 9. Inclusion’s
Dark Side: The Political Economy of Irregular Migration in
Greece (Leonidas K. Cheliotis) ; 10. Reflections on Spanish
Policies of Migration Control: A Political Economic Reading
on the Punishment of Migrants (José Ángel Brandariz-García;


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