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Criminal Law and Philosophy

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 681–688 | Cite as

Beyond Persecutory Impulse and Humanising Trace: On Didier Fassin’s The Will to Punish

  • Alan NorrieEmail author
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Abstract

This essay argues that Didier Fassin’s ‘The Will to Punish’ (2018) reveals the social grounds for a ‘persecutory impulse’ in modern punishment, which sits alongside a ‘humanising trace’. The challenge for a critical theory of modern penality is to think through this strange combination. The work of Melanie Klein and Freud, properly interpreted, can illuminate its conjunction and disjunction.

Keywords

Didier Fassin Will to Punish Persecutory impulse Humanising trace Klein Freud 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Funding was provided by Leverhulme Trust (Grant No. MRF-2014-122).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Warwick Law SchoolCoventryUK

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