Speaking Event: Governing Through Crimes with Jonathan Simon

When & Where
Revolution Books
2425 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA
November 28, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
510 848 1196

Professor Jonathan Simon discusses his book, Governing Through Crime – How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear
“Ambitious and carefully reasoned...thought provoking...argues that what sociologists are calling “mass incarceration” signals not only a new approach to managing crime, but to managing society.” - Boston Review
Across America today gated communities sprawl out from urban centers, employers enforce mandatory drug testing, and schools screen students with metal detectors. How and when did our everyday world become dominated by fear, every citizen treated as a potential criminal? In this startlingly original work, Jonathan Simon traces this pattern back to the 1960s when declining confidence in government policies sent political leaders searching for new models of governance. The War on Crime offered a ready solution to their problem: politicians redefined the ideal citizen as a crime victim, one whose vulnerability opened the door to overweening government intervention. By the 1980s, this transformation of government had spilled over into the institutions that affect daily life. Soon our schools, our families, our workplaces, and our communities were being governed through crime...