Myopia and misrecognition : the impact of managerialism on the management of compliance

PHILLIPS, Jake (2016). Myopia and misrecognition : the impact of managerialism on the management of compliance. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 16 (1), 40-59.

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This article explores the construction of a particular form of compliance in probation practice during a period in which policy shifted from enforcement towards compliance. The article uses four concepts from Bourdieu's field theory (habitus, field, misrecognition and symbolic violence) to highlight the way in which the shift in policy was attuned to the subjective structure of probation practitioners' habitus but resulted in a form of compliance which was myopic in nature and thus did not adhere to what we know about habitus in probation from other research. The article explores this phenomenon through Bourdieu's notion of misrecognition suggesting that whilst the policy change was regarded generally positively, it is an example of 'symbolic violence'. In turn, this tells us about practitioners' position in the field which is useful in terms of future analyses of how changes to the delivery of community sanctions will manifest in the coming years.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Law Research Group
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Page Range: 40-59
Depositing User: Jake Phillips
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2015 10:11
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 04:38

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