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Global Governmentality by William Walters, Wendy Larner

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12  Insecurity and the dream of targeted governance

Mariana Valverde and Michael Mopas

Scholars working with tools borrowed or adapted from Foucault’s ‘Governmentality’ essay and from the rich body of theoretical and empirical research that has developed in loose connection with that essay (for example, Burchell et al. 1991) have brought about major changes in how security, safety, policing, punishment and crime are being analysed and theorized. A popular database, the Criminal Justice Abstracts, lists sixty recent articles in which Foucault appears as a keyword. And influential theoretical works written by scholars who are not Foucauldian nevertheless acknowledge the way in which the field has been transformed by the ...

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