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At the Heart of the State: The Moral World of Institutions

Abstract : At the Heart of the State argues against the idea of government institutions as the tools of politics and politicians and explores the inherent morality—or immorality—of such institutions supposedly designed for the public good. The result of a five-year investigation, conducted by ten scholars, At the Heart of the State describes and analyses the police, court systems, prisons, social services, and mental health facilities of France, analyzing the supposed neutrality of these government institutions. Combining genealogy and ethnography, the authors argue that government institutions are not simply concerned with the implementation of laws, rules, and procedures but also with the imposition of values, affects, and judgments.
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Submitted on : Friday, December 11, 2015 - 10:20:50 AM
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Didier Fassin, Yasmine Bouagga, Isabelle Coutant, Jean-Sébastien Eideliman, Fabrice Fernandez, et al.. At the Heart of the State: The Moral World of Institutions. Pluto Press, 288 p., 2015, Anthropology, Culture and Society, 978-0-7453-3560-5. ⟨hal-01241876⟩



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