“The law is often presented as the reign of reason over passion. Instead, it leads to trauma, dispossession, and violence. Only by overturning our inherited legal fictions can we envision forms of truer justice. Combining narratives of real trials with theoretical analysis, JUDGE AND PUNISH by Geoffroy de Lagasnerie shows that juridical institutions are not merely a response to crime. The state claims to guarantee our security, yet from our birth, we also belong to it. The criminal trial, a magnifying mirror, reveals our true condition as political subjects.”*


Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, Judge and Punish: The Penal State on Trial (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2018).

Image credit above: Stanford University Press.

Below: Geoffroy de Lagasniere. Photograph by Raphael Schneider.

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