Оливера Павићевић, Љепосава Илијић, Ивана Степановић

DOI Number
First page
Last page


Changes in penal policy which is a part of the neoliberal paradigm have political significance and social consequences within and outside prison communities. The prison population is growing despite the fall and stagnation of the crime rate in developed countries which creates a paradox mirrored in the politics of the neoliberal regulation. It is connected to the “new penology” which unlike the “old” penology sees the prison community as a statistical collective which entails a particular risk for the realization of the set governing goals. Since there is a shift from “hard” to “soft” power within prison communities, this paper discusses the disciplinary effects of this process. It showcases the effects of various projects which have introduced philosophy into prison environments as a way to encourage individual identity growth and inspire the return of practices of rehabilitation as a psychological, moral and social recovery of an individual.


neoliberalism, governance, prisons, philosophy, identity.

Full Text:

PDF (Cрпски)


Adorno, T. W. (2004). Negative Dialectics. London: Routledge

Bottoms, A. Shapland, J. (2016). „Learning to desist in early adulthood: the Sheffield desistence stydy“ in Shapland, S. Farrall & A. Bottoms, Global Perspectives on Desistance: Reviewing What We Know and Looking to the Future. Oxford: Routledge, 99-125

Brown, W. (2006). „American nightmare: neoliberalism, neoconservitivism, and democratization“, Political Theory, 34(6), 690 - 714

Bruke, J., P., Reitzes, C. D. (1991). „An Identity Theory Approach to Commitment“, Social Psychology Quarterly 54 (3), 239

Buchowski, M. (2001). Rethinking Transformation: an Anthropological Perspective on Post-Socialism. Poznan: Wydawnictwo Humaniora

Burnett, R (1992). The Dynamics of Recidivism. Oxford: University of Oxford, Centre for Criminological Research.

Chandler, D., Reid, J. (2016). The Neoliberal Subject: Resilience, Adaptation and Vulnerability. London: Rowman & Littlefield

Collins. R. (1988). Theoretical Sociology. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Couldry, N. (2010). Why voice matters: Culture and politics after neoliberalism. Los Angeles: SAGE.

Crewe, B. (2009). Soft power in prison: Implications for staff– prisoner relationships, liberty and legitimacy. European Journal of Criminology, 8 (6), 455–468

Dean, M. (2006). Governmentality: Power and Rule in Modern Society, London: Sage Publishing.

Deleuze, G., Guattari, F. (1994). What is Philosophy? New York: Columbia University Press

Doekhie, J., Van Ginneken, E. (2019). “House, bells and bliss? A longitudinal analysis European Journal of Criminology. Available at: https://journals.sagepub.

com/doi/10.1177/1477370818819702of conventional aspirations and the process of desistance” (Accessed: 25.05.2019)

Farrall, S (2002). Rethinking What Works with Offenders. Cullompton, Devon: Willan Publishing.

Fink, E. (1998). Uvod u filozofiju (Introduction to Philosophy). Zagreb: Matica hrvatska

Ficher, A. (2013). Critical Thinking: An Introduction, 2nd edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Foucault, M. (1991). Discipline and Punish. The Birth of the Prison. London: Peregrine Books.

Garland, D. (1997). Governmentality’ and the problem of crime: Foucault, criminology, sociology. Theoretical Criminology, 1(2), 173–214.

Gershon, I. (2011). „Neoliberal Agency“, Current Anthropology, 52(4), 537-555.

Giordano, P. C., Cernkovitch, S. A., Rudolph, J. L. (2002). “Gender Crime and Desistance: Toward a Theory of Cognitive Transformation”, American Journal of Sociology, 107 (4), 990-1064.

Goffman, E. (1969). Presentations of the Self. Plymouth: Latimer Trend & Co.

Goffman, E. (1963). Stigma: Notes on the management of spoiled identity. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Haigh, R., Harrison, T., Johnson, R., Paget, S., & Williams, S. (2012). “Psychologically Informed Environments and the ‘Enabling Environments”, Housing, Care and Support, 15(1), 34-42.

Hall, A. P., Lamont, M. (2013). Social Resilience in the Neo-Liberal Era. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Harvey, D. (2005). A Brief History of Neoliberalism, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Popkewitz, T., Fendler, L. (1999). Critical Theories in Education: Changing Terrains of Knowledge and Politics. London: Routledge

Higgins, E. T. (1987). “Self-discrepancy: A theory relating self and affect”, Psychological Review, 94(3), 319

Lamont, M. (2000). The Dignity of Working Men: Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class and Immigration. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Lamont, M. (1992). Money, Morals and Manners; The Culture of the French and the American Upper-Middle Class. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Liebling, A., Arnold, H. Straub, C. (2011). An Exploration of Staff-Prisoner Relationships at HMP Whitemor: 12 Years On. Cambridge University, Prisons Research Centre. London: National Offender Management Service, Ministry of Justice.

Liebling, A. (2012). Can Human Beings Flourish? London: Prison Phoenix Trust Lecture

Liebling, A. assisted by Arnold, H. (2004). Prisons and Their Moral Performance: A Study of Values, Quality, and Prison Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Liem, M, Richardson, N. J. (2014). The role of transformation narratives in desistance among released lifers. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 41(6), 692–712.

Maruna, S. (2001). Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives. Washington: American Sociological Society.

Miller, P., Rose, N. (2008). Governing the Present: Administering Social and Personal Life. Cambridge: Polity

Nugent, B, Schinkel, M. (2016). “The pains of desistance”. Criminology and Criminal Justice 17(5), 1-17

Paternoster, R., Bushway, S. (2009). “Desistance and the Feared Self: Toward an Identity Theory of Criminal Desistance”. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 99(4), 1103-1156

Peacock, M., Turner, M., Varey, S. (2018). „We Call is Jail Craft: The Erosion of the Protective Discourses Drawn on by Prison Officers Dealing with Ageing and Dying Prisoners in the Neoliberal, Carceral System“. Sociology, 52(6), 1152-1168

Rose, N. (1992). „Governing the Enterprising Self“, The Values of the Enterprise Culture: The Moral Debate, Heelas, P. Morris, P. (ed.). London: Routledge, p. 120-138

Rose, N. (1999). Powers of Freedom: Reframing Political Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Rose, N., Miler, P. (1992). „Political Power beyond the State: Problematics of Government”, The British Journal of Sociology, 43(2), 173-205

Shapland, J., Farrall, S., Bottoms, A. (2016). “Introduction”. In: J. Shapland, S. Farrall, A. (Eds.) Bottoms, Global Perspectives on Desistance: Reviewing What We Know and Looking to the Future. Oxford: Routledge, p. 1-9.

Sheldon, S., Burke, J. P. (2000). “The Past, Present, and Future of an Identity Theory”. Social Psychology Quarterly, 63(4), 284-297.

Shore, C., Wright, S. (2011). Policy Worlds: Anthropology and the Analysis of Contemporary Power. New York: Berghahn Books.

Sparks, R., Bottoms, A. E., Hay, W. (1996). Prisons and the Problem of Order. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Szifris, K. (2017). “Socrates and Aristotle: The role of ancient philosophers in the self-understanding of desisting offenders”, Howard League for Penal Reform Journal, 56(4), 419-436.

Thomas, I. (2009). “Critical Thinking, Transformative Learning, Sustainable Education, and Problem-Based Learning in Universities”. Journal of Transformative Education, 7(3), 245–264.

Vernan, Ž. (1990). Poreklo grčke misli (The Origins of Greek Thought) Novi Sad: Izdavačka knjižarnica Zorana Stojanovića Sremski Karlovci

Wacquant, L. (2010). “Crafting the Neoliberal State: Workfare, Prisonfare, and Social Insecurity”. Sociological Forum, 25(2), 127-220.

Wacquant, L. (2009). Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity. Durham ⁄ London: Duke University Press.

Winch, C. (2006). Education, Autonomy and Critical Thinking. London: Routledge

Winch, C., Gingell, J. (2008). Philosophy of Education: The Key Concepts. London: Routledge



  • There are currently no refbacks.

© University of Niš, Serbia
Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND
Print ISSN: 0353-7919
Online ISSN: 1820-7804