An Expanded Analytical Gaze on Penal Power: Border Criminology and Punitiveness


Border criminology authors have recently called for an expansion of criminological conceptions on penal power to include migration law enforcement devices. An amplified analytical gaze on penality is critical to challenge mainstream notions of punitiveness—an academic effort that is particularly relevant because incarceration rates are declining in many Global North jurisdictions. This paper explores various implications of this border criminology contribution to academic debates on punitiveness by investigating the interrelation of incarceration rate changes with detention and deportation data. In so doing, it contributes to the burgeoning theoretical debate on the impact of immigration enforcement policies on current penal changes.

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Published: 2021-06-01
Pages:99 to 112
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Brandariz, J. A. (2021). An Expanded Analytical Gaze on Penal Power: Border Criminology and Punitiveness. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 10(2), 99-112.

Author Biography

Universidade da Coruña

José A. Brandariz is an associate professor of criminal law and criminology at the University of A Coruna, Spain, a former member of the executive board of the European Society of Criminology and an associate editor of the European Journal of Criminology. His main research concerns are focused lately on immigration enforcement and border criminology, managerial penality and the political economy of punishment'