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At the Heart of the State


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Series Preface Acknowledgements Can States be Moral? Preface to the English Edition Introduction: Governing Precarity - Didier Fassin Part I: Judging 1. The Right to Punish: Assessing Sentences in Immediate Appearance Trials - Chowra Makaremi 2. Justice for Immigrants: The Work of Magistrates in Deportation Proceedings - Nicolas Fischer 3. In Search of Truth: How Asylum Applications are Adjudicated -Carolina Kobelinsky Part II: Repressing 4. Maintaining Order: The Moral Justifications for Police Practices - Didier Fassin 5. Sanctioning behind Bars: The Humanisation of Retribution in Prison - Fabrice Fernandez 6. Assisting or Controlling? When Social Workers Become Probation Officers - Yasmine Bouagga Part III: Supporting 7. Discipline and Educate: Contradictions within the Juvenile Justice System - Sebastien Roux 8. Listening to Suffering: The Treatment of Mental Fragility at a Home for Adolescents - Isabelle Coutant and Jean-Sebastien Eideliman 9. Profiling Job Seekers: The Counseling of Youths at an Employment Center - Sarah Mazouz Conclusion: Raisons d'Etat - Didier Fassin Glossary Bibliography List of Contributors Index

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Didier Fassin is the James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He is the author of numerous books including The Will to Punish (2018), Life: A Critical Users Manual (2018), Prison Worlds: An Ethnography of the Carceral Condition (2016) and Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing.


'Didier Fassin is one of the most imaginative social scientists of our time. This book should be considered not only as required reading for all scholars in the field, but also for all active citizens' -- Pierre Rosanvallon, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History of Politics at the College de France
'An important collection of finely wrought case studies of various institutions through which the state interacts with its most precarious populations. A major contribution at the too rarely visited crossroads of political and moral anthropology' -- Joel Robbins, Sigrid Rausing Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
'This extraordinary collection delivers novel ethnographic questions and insights with regard to the literal and figurative dilemmas of alienation and incorporation within the contemporary state' -- Carol J. Greenhouse, Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Anthropology and Department Chair at Princeton University

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