Disciplinary Neo-liberalisation and the New Politics of Inequality

Journal article

Nunn, Alexander and Tepe, Daniela 2022. Disciplinary Neo-liberalisation and the New Politics of Inequality. British Journal of Criminology.
AuthorsNunn, Alexander and Tepe, Daniela

Overlaps exist between critical Criminology and critical International Political Economy (IPE). However, while criminologists are keen to engage with political economy, there has been less interest in criminology from scholars in IPE. Recently, though, a literature started to emerge within IPE that focusses on discipline, including research which focusses on ‘authoritarian neoliberalism’ yet without explicitly engaging with the criminological literature. This paper engages with criminological research to demonstrate areas of shared interest, particularly in understanding the role of discipline and consent in the structuring of the ‘social ensemble’ thereby offering something of a corrective to the literature on ‘authoritarian neoliberalism’. We argue that combining insights from Gramscian and (critical) Feminist social theory can help to explain the social reproduction of ‘hegemony’ in which discipline – including self-discipline – plays an important role. Long-term trends in the fracturing of the hegemonic post-war social ensemble were displaced by temporary ‘fixes’ related to consumerism, credit and discipline (including in state institutions, changing economic and ideological structures). However, in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 – the limits of these fixes are revealed and social polarisation is the result. In this context, disciplinary processes in and beyond state institutions are becoming more visible.

KeywordsDiscipline; Authoritarian; Neoliberalism; Hegemony; Political Economy; Criminology
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
PublisherOxford University Press
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/626310
Publication dates2022
Publication process dates
Deposited04 Mar 2022, 14:34
Accepted05 Nov 2021
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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