Roberto Cornelli

Fear of Violence and the Crisis of the Modern Penal System

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Keywords: fear, violence, penal institutions, crisis.

In the last quarter of the XXth century a relevant part of sociological literature stressed the diffusion, in Western societies, of a lexicon of fear bounded with the emergence of patterns of neo-retributive justice, of public policies of law and order, and of a market of commodities and services for individual protection. Moving from a reading of Hobbes' political theory, which attributes to fear and violence a crucial role for the foundation of the State and of penal institutions, the essay discusses the interlacement among the diffuse re-emergence of fear and violence, the sense of crisis in modern societies, and the tensions that characterizes the contemporary penal sphere.

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