Friday, February 29, 2008

Delinquency to Insecurity

Luc Bonner has a very interesting review of Laurent Bonelli's La France a peur: Une histoire sociale de l'insécurité. In particular, he traces the inflection of political discourse about crime signaled by the shift from talk about "delinquency" to talk about "insecurity." There was no hint of "insecurity" in Mitterrand's "lettre à tous les Français" of 1988, but by 1995 "garantir la sécurité" had become a key plank in Lionel Jospin's platform.

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