Journals Higher Education



Published: 29 January 2019

272 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198807513

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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 socially abandoned 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