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p. 415. Containing deviancy and liberating worklocked

p. 415. Containing deviancy and liberating worklocked

  • Colin Ward


Anarchists are against imprisonment and have an impressive history of releasing the confined. Kropotkin claimed in 1886 that a society built around cooperation rather than competition would suffer less anti-social activity: time spent in prison is time to think and learn more sophisticated criminal techniques. ‘Containing deviancy and liberating work’ looks at the anarchists' views on dealing with crime and imprisonment and also at their ideas with respect to the world of work. Anarchist aspirations in relation to work vary but for some they are close to realising the dreams of a vast number of citizens who feel trapped by the culture of employment.

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