The maintenance of orderly disorder: modernity, markets and the pseudo-pacification process

Hall, Steve, Horsley, Mark and Kotzé, Justin (2015) The maintenance of orderly disorder: modernity, markets and the pseudo-pacification process. Journal on European History of Law, 6 (1). pp. 18-29.

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Abstract

In contrast with the rather violent and unstable period between the collapse of the Roman Empire and the rise of Plantagenet monarchy, the earliest phase of England’s market economy coincided with a remarkable attenuation of brutal interpersonal violence. While, for some, this diminution of aggression is indicative of a ‘civilizing process’, this paper sets out to advance our theorization of the shift from physically violent to pacified socioeconomic competition in England and Western Europe between the late fourteenth century and the mid-twentieth century. In this pursuit we draw upon the more critical theory of the ‘pseudo-pacification process’ to explain how physical violence was sublimated and harnessed to drive the nascent market economy, which established and reproduced an economically productive condition of pseudo-pacified ‘orderly disorder’.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal on European History of Law
Publisher: The European Society for History of Law
ISSN: 2042-6402
Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Business, Law, Policing and Social Sciences > Policing, Criminology and Social Science
Additional Information: Mark Horsley is Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Cumbria.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2016 16:56
Last Modified: 23 May 2017 10:33
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1949

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