Private security’s role in shaping US foreign policy

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Abstract

This chapter offers an overview of the privatization of punishment in the United States. It pays particular attention to the private prison and detention industries, which have become popularly known as the ‘prison industrial complex’. The chapter argues that the privatization of punishment-in its many forms-reflects the increased blurring of the public/private sectors. It also argues that the privatization of punishment serves multiple functions such as the construction of criminality, the management of marginalized populations, and the extension of sovereign power through the private sector. The chapter describes one component of privatized punishment that shows no immediate signs of decline-the privatization of migrant detention centres. It also describes the privatization of the sovereignty function allows the state to extend its reach through private corporations but with less regulation and oversight. The chapter concludes by anticipating the growth of the industry in yet another emerging market; the incarceration of migrant children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Private Security Studies
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages168-176
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781317914334
ISBN (Print)9781315850986
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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