Social Wrongs and Human Rights in Late Modern Britain: Social Exclusion, Crime Control, and Prospects for a Public Criminology
The authors examine the New Labour (N.L.) political campaign that promised to address social exclusion (“social wrongs”) and to champion human rights. N.L. pledged to bring the U.K. back to less-troubled times, to facilitate the convergence of Right and Left politics. Its neoliberal justice model diminished human rights and civil liberties, truncating citizenship, and excluding more in poverty. The authors identify a fundamental tension and conflict between the new-style “enterprise” approach and its behaviorist-based “responsible prisoner” and incentive schemes, as well as allegiance to the old incapacitation policies that rob prisoners of agency. The authors conclude by proposing a “public criminology,” one that advances citizenship, social justice, and human rights, that is connected to other areas of social action, and that is empirically based and responsive to ordinary claims for social justice.
Europe (Western), political parties — Great Britain — Labour Party; prisons — Great Britain; Great Britain — police; racism; human rights; Great Britain — homeless; criminology
Citation: Social Justice Vol. 27, No. 2 (2000): 193-211