We draw on a field study of three drug treatment courts to show that responsibilization strategies create a paradox of bulimic exclusion and empowerment for individual subjects. By theorizing three different subjectivities emerging from our research sites (outcasts, performers and true believers), we show how subjects of intervention actively work to negotiate their own experiences of responsibilization.

Drug treatment court, neoliberalism, responsibilization, social exclusion, specialized courts, subjectivity, theory
dx.doi.org/10.1177/1362480613519287
Theoretical Criminology
Department of Law and Legal Studies

Moore, D, & Hirai, H. (Hideyuki). (2014). Outcasts, performers and true believers: Responsibilized subjects of criminal justice. Theoretical Criminology, 18(1), 5–19. doi:10.1177/1362480613519287