Administrating Victimization: The Politics of AntiSocial by M. Duggan, V. Heap

By M. Duggan, V. Heap

This research addresses the administration of sufferers and sufferer coverage below the Coalition govt, in mild of an expanding movement in the direction of neoliberal and punitive legislation and order agendas. With a spotlight on sufferers of anti-social behaviour and hate crime, Duggan and Heap discover the altering function of the sufferer in modern felony justice discourses.

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0009 Victims as Vote Winners  evident with the Coalition’s current focus on victimization, again during a time of falling crime rates. Exploiting the political capital of victims by prioritizing them generally as a group (or certain victims specifically) demonstrates an ideological difference from New Labour and represents a populist policy to tempt the voting public. , 2011). However, Cameron’s attempts to come across as a ‘man of the people’ have been undermined by the significant number of policy U-turns in the past four years.

As Miers (1990: 227) outlines: victims of crime occupy a social role ... where they are seen not to conform to the expectations associated with it, they diminish their chances of being sympathetically treated, and may even forfeit their occupancy of the role. Miers (1978) also criticized the ideology behind the term ‘victim’ as encompassing passivity and suffering. , 2007). This has been similarly challenged by feminists who adopted the term ‘survivor’ instead (Kelly, 1988; Rock, 2007). 0008  Administrating Victimization ‘Survivor’ is predominantly used to refer to women and children who have survived abuse, most usually from men, as a way of counteracting the disempowering passivity (and elements of culpability) which had come to be associated with the ‘victim’ label.

For some, regulation is guaranteed through self-policing (or self-regulation) or policing one another (peer-to-peer regulation). The occurrence of this furthers the ruling power’s objectives in conscious and unconscious manners. Examples of this in the UK can be found in the historical legal and social regulation of sexual promiscuity or deviancy, and mental illness. More contemporary forms of governmentality would be the economic and political shift from post-war Keynesian welfarism to free-market, neoliberal policies.

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