Zones of entrapment and impunity: on the constitution of vague and strange regimes of power

Hallsworth, Simon and Stephenson, Svetlana (2022) Zones of entrapment and impunity: on the constitution of vague and strange regimes of power. Critical Criminology, 30 (3). pp. 665-678. ISSN 1205-8629

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This article challenges a tendency prominent in critical theory—one that holds that being “vague and strange” constitute qualities of life opposed to the grid-like systems of coercive control intrinsic to the operation of modern power regimes which, by their ascriptive nature, are compelled to suppress all life which exhibits these traits. Consequently, vagueness represents not only the antithesis of modern power, but a source of resistance against it. This article contests this assumption by exploring the vague regimes of power (which, following William Burroughs, we call “interzones”), which also exist within the fabric of the administered order. The article examines how these interzones function and explores two incarnations: zones of entrapment and zones of impunity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: political power; State power; zones of entrapment; zones of impunity; social life forms; poverty; poor; gangs; homeless people; subcultures; travellers
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Svetlana Stephenson
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2022 08:34
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 11:25


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