Prisons of the past

Penal nationalism and the politics of punishment in Central Europe

Lynne Haney

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    This article explores the politics of punishment in contemporary Central Europe. Based on an analysis of penal policies and discourses in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, it examines how penal politics have taken shape in a region with direct experience with the abuses of penal confinement. On the one hand, it reveals how Central European politicians and state actors used tough, law and order rhetoric to reimagine the postsocialist community and to redraw the lines of social inclusion and exclusion, thus developing a uniquely East European penal nationalism that equates punitiveness with national sovereignty and protection. At the same time, the article argues that this penal nationalism emerged largely as a response to the dilemmas of democratization in the region—to the political challenges of forging new solidarities amid changing social boundaries and of state and political actors’ ongoing legitimacy crises. In this way, the article uncovers the layers of complexity that characterize the postsocialist world of punishment as well as the intersecting influences of past and present, of global and local, and of ideology and practice on those politics.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)346-368
    Number of pages23
    JournalPunishment and Society
    Volume18
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

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    Central Europe
    correctional institution
    nationalism
    penalty
    politics
    law and order
    Slovakia
    political actor
    Czech Republic
    Hungary
    solidarity
    sovereignty
    democratization
    Poland
    politician
    rhetoric
    legitimacy
    abuse
    exclusion
    ideology

    Keywords

    • Central Europe
    • democratiztion
    • penal politics

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Law

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    Prisons of the past : Penal nationalism and the politics of punishment in Central Europe. / Haney, Lynne.

    In: Punishment and Society, Vol. 18, No. 3, 01.07.2016, p. 346-368.

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