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Penal power at the border: Realigning state and nation
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9035-8406
2017 (English)In: Theoretical criminology, ISSN 1362-4806, E-ISSN 1461-7439, Vol. 21, no 4, 441-457 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Penal power at the border relies on coercive tools such as expulsion, eviction, criminalization, and penalization to respond to mass mobility, which is perceived to be a social threat rather than a political expression of rights. By deploying its primal power, its material and symbolic violence invested in criminal justice, the state taps into unparalleled capacity to impose meaning on others, backed by the moral weight of censure and sanction. The criminalization and penalization of migrants are effective precisely because they bring moral weight to this sorting process, separating the worthy from the wrongdoer. This article develops conceptual tools to understand the structural and communicative capacities of penal power to reconstitute the nation state, to reset the national frame of reference, and reassert the state’s dominion over it.

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2017. Vol. 21, no 4, 441-457 p.
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Border criminology, crimmigration, penality, punishment, state theory
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Sociology
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Criminology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-148725DOI: 10.1177/1362480617724827ISI: 000413742100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-148725DiVA: diva2:1155293
Available from: 2017-11-07 Created: 2017-11-07 Last updated: 2017-11-13Bibliographically approved

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