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Published: 06 December 2018

290 Pages


ISBN: 9780198807513

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Winner of the 2020 Hart Prize for Early Career Academics

Personalizing the State

An Anthropology of Law, Politics, and Welfare in Austerity Britain

Insa Lee Koch

Clarendon Studies in Criminology

  • First in-depth ethnography of state-citizen engagements in one of Britain's most stigmatized urban neighbourhoods, aiding understandings of British society and existing inequalities
  • A detailed chronicle of British democracy and policies from the post-war decades to austerity politics, contextualising contemporary policies and reactions to them (such as the 'austerity' and the 'Brexit vote') within a broader historical context
  • An analytical account of governance that cuts across criminal justice, social welfare and politics, enabling readers to think across domains of state practices commonly considered to be discrete and separate
  • A genuinely interdisciplinary analysis that brings anthropology to bear on debates in punishment and crime

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