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order and policing Agosto 27, 2014

Posted by paulo jorge vieira in Uncategorized.



From Watts in Los Angeles in 1965 to Tottenham and London in 2011, almost all major urban disturbances during the past half-century resulted from a violent interaction between law enforcement officers and inhabitants of disadvantaged neighborhoods, usually leading to the death of youth belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group. Although broader structural issues, such as segregation, poverty, high unemployment, experience of discrimination and injustice were involved, the immediate cause was nearly always related to abuses by the police. Each of these episodes of civil disorder was abundantly discussed in the public sphere, by journalists, politicians, sociologists, and many others. Official commissions were appointed to investigate the circumstances of the triggering incident, inscribe them in their wider social context and propose policy recommendations. Scientific programs were developed to deepen the understanding of the relationship of the police with their public. The riots were thus political events in the fullest sense of the word, that is, they created a temporal rupture delimiting a before and an after in the social consciousness.


“Enforcing Order – An Ethnography of Urban Policing” by Didier Fassin



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