The Veil of Neoliberal Technocratic Efficiency, Cost-Effectiveness, and Prevention

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Color-blind ideologies inform what Garland (2001) refers to as “criminologies of everyday life.” This thinking within crime control does not attempt to gain legitimacy through racial pathology but, instead, emphasizes neoliberal technocratic efficiency, cost- effectiveness, and prevention. Rather than explicitly supporting policies that lead to the mass incarceration of people of color, it has supported the rise of policing and private security into every domain of civic life and, in particular, the use of aggressive forms of policing that target low-level violations of the law in an effort to prevent more serious crime. Garland notes that the two sets of divergent discourses – one explicitly racialized (dangerous other) and the other race-neutral (prevention) – mesh well to form our current culture of control (Garland, 2001) – a culture in which punitive crime control in viewed as necessary within the context of a “naturally” occurring rise in social insecurity and disorder.

From Kathleen Nolan (2015), “Neoliberal common sense and race-neutral discourses: a critique of ‘evidence-based’ policy- making in school policing,”Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36:6, 897-8.

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The Veil of Neoliberal Technocratic Efficiency, Cost-Effectiveness, and Prevention

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