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Shaking the Foundations: On the Moral Economy of Criminal Justice

NCJ Number
British Journal of Criminology Volume: 53 Issue: 4 Dated: July 2013 Pages: 588-604
Philip Whitehead; Paul Crawshaw
Date Published
July 2013
17 pages
This article discusses the moral economy of criminal justice in England and Wales.
During the last three decades, criminal justice, in England and Wales, has been subjected to ethico-cultural disturbances. Fiscal realignments, punitive and bureaucratic expansion, reducing cultural divides between probation and prison, and the diminution of psychosocial curiosity are some of the features which have eroded the concept of moral economy. There are also pressing threats and dangers, during 2010-15, as the criminal justice system is embedded within a new material platform through deeper integration into the circuits of capital accumulation and market expansion. This article advances an intellectual case for reanimating the lineaments of moral economy through dialectical contestation, to renew interest in justice, truth and fairness, by forging links between Judaeo-Christian ethics and Continental philosophy. (Published Abstract)