Big Trouble or Little Evils: The ideological struggle over the concept of harm

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/620770
Title:
Big Trouble or Little Evils: The ideological struggle over the concept of harm
Book Title:
Zemiology: reconnecting crime and social harm
Authors:
Hall, S. (Steve); Winlow, S. (Simon)
Editors:
Boukli, A.; Kotze, J.
Affiliation:
Teesside University. Social Futures Institute
Citation:
Hall, S. and Winlow, S. (2017) ‘Big Trouble or Little Evils: The ideological struggle over the concept of harm’ in A. Boukli and J. Kotze (eds) Zemiology: reconnecting crime and social harm. London: Palgrave – IN PRODUCTION
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Issue Date:
2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/620770
Abstract:
This chapter builds upon the authors’ previous work, which suggests that there has never been a ‘civilizing process’ across the course of modernity but an economically functional conversion of harms from physical brutality to socio-symbolic aggression. Although harm is integrated into the system’s generative core it appears as morbid symptoms during dysfunctional intervallic periods. The subject’s acceptance of core harms and their various manifestations can be best explained in a theoretical framework of transcendental materialism, with a focus on the process of deaptation, which proliferates harms as morbid symptoms appearing in the tension between a changing real world and ossified ideologies. Capitalism can be best explained as a process of managed deaptation, which constantly puts us at risk of the continuation and unpredictable mutation of a broad spectrum of harms. The criminalization of harms is maintained in a state of imbalance by the catastrophizing negative ideology of capitalist realism, which compels us to legitimize the existing spectrum of harms by constantly warning us of the far greater harms we would risk should we instigate a process of transformation. Given star billing in an endless cautionary tale, potential transformative harms are condemned as absolute, intolerable and inevitable while the system’s everyday morbid harms are excused as relative, tolerable and contingent. This dominant ideology operates at the core of the criminalization process, legitimizing negative rights and compelling us to regard specific types of crime as the ‘price of freedom’ while downplaying the harms they cause.
Type:
Book Chapter
Language:
en
Rights:
Subject to 36 month embargo author may archive accepted manuscript for full details see https://www.palgrave.com/gp/rights-and-permissions/our-policy-on-archiving-in-institutional-or-funding-body-reposit/6629030 [Accessed: 08/02/2017] The following statement must also be displayed: 'This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available on www.palgrave.com and www.palgraveconnect.com].

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dc.contributor.authorHall, S. (Steve)en
dc.contributor.authorWinlow, S. (Simon)en
dc.contributor.editorBoukli, A.en
dc.contributor.editorKotze, J.en
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-08T13:38:07Z-
dc.date.available2017-02-08T13:38:07Z-
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/620770-
dc.description.abstractThis chapter builds upon the authors’ previous work, which suggests that there has never been a ‘civilizing process’ across the course of modernity but an economically functional conversion of harms from physical brutality to socio-symbolic aggression. Although harm is integrated into the system’s generative core it appears as morbid symptoms during dysfunctional intervallic periods. The subject’s acceptance of core harms and their various manifestations can be best explained in a theoretical framework of transcendental materialism, with a focus on the process of deaptation, which proliferates harms as morbid symptoms appearing in the tension between a changing real world and ossified ideologies. Capitalism can be best explained as a process of managed deaptation, which constantly puts us at risk of the continuation and unpredictable mutation of a broad spectrum of harms. The criminalization of harms is maintained in a state of imbalance by the catastrophizing negative ideology of capitalist realism, which compels us to legitimize the existing spectrum of harms by constantly warning us of the far greater harms we would risk should we instigate a process of transformation. Given star billing in an endless cautionary tale, potential transformative harms are condemned as absolute, intolerable and inevitable while the system’s everyday morbid harms are excused as relative, tolerable and contingent. This dominant ideology operates at the core of the criminalization process, legitimizing negative rights and compelling us to regard specific types of crime as the ‘price of freedom’ while downplaying the harms they cause.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherPalgrave MacMillanen
dc.rightsSubject to 36 month embargo author may archive accepted manuscript for full details see https://www.palgrave.com/gp/rights-and-permissions/our-policy-on-archiving-in-institutional-or-funding-body-reposit/6629030 [Accessed: 08/02/2017] The following statement must also be displayed: 'This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available on www.palgrave.com and www.palgraveconnect.com].en
dc.titleBig Trouble or Little Evils: The ideological struggle over the concept of harmen
dc.typeBook Chapteren
dc.contributor.departmentTeesside University. Social Futures Instituteen
dc.title.bookZemiology: reconnecting crime and social harmen
or.citation.harvardHall, S. and Winlow, S. (2017) ‘Big Trouble or Little Evils: The ideological struggle over the concept of harm’ in A. Boukli and J. Kotze (eds) Zemiology: reconnecting crime and social harm. London: Palgrave – IN PRODUCTIONen
dc.eprint.versionPost-printen
dc.embargo36 monthsen
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