New Racial Missions of Policing

International Perspectives on Evolving Law-Enforcement Politics

Edited by Paul Amar

© 2011 – Routledge

176 pages

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About the Book

This book identifies new formations of race, racism and ethnicity at the intersection of neoliberalism, security, urban governance and the law through a comparative, international analysis of police organizations and practices. It pushes analytical and theoretical boundaries by examining racialization and ethnicization in locations where the topic is politically taboo, such as in China, India and France, and where racial and ethnic hierarchies have supposedly been banished to the past, as in Bosnia and South Africa.

This book also examines police and security services not as mere artefacts of state authority or the prerogatives of capitalist development, but as relatively autonomous and uniquely productive intersections of new kinds of state, social and cultural formations that are remaking race, embodiment, fear and control on their own terms.

This book was published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: New Racial Missions of Policing Paul Amar 2. Policing and Racialization of Rural Migrant Workers in Chinese Cities Dong Han 3. Geographies of Death: An Intersectional Analysis of Police Lethality and the Racialized Regimes of Citizenship in São Paulo João Costa Vargas and Jaime Amparo Alvez 4. Order and Security in the City: Producing Race and Policing Neoliberal Spaces in South Africa Tony Roshan Samara 5. Police Marginality, Racial Logics, and Discrimination in the Banlieues of France Sophie Body-Gendrot 6. The Bosnian Police, Multi-Ethnic Democracy, and the Race of ‘European Civilization’ Ann Janette Rosga 7. Counting Bodies: Crime Mapping, Policing and Race in Colombia Eduardo Moncada 8. Concept, Category and Claim: Insights on Caste and Ethnicity from the Police in India Anasuya Sengupta

About the Editor

Paul Amar is Associate Professor in the Global & International Studies Program, with appointments in Sociology, Feminist Studies, Latin American Studies and Middle East Studies, at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

About the Series

Ethnic and Racial Studies

Race, ethnicity and nationalism are at the heart of many of the major social and political issues in the present global environment. New antagonisms have emerged which require a rethinking of traditional theoretical and empirical perspectives. The books in this series are based on special issues of Ethnic and Racial Studies, the leading journal for the analysis of these issues throughout the world. Expert authors and editors present interdisciplinary research and theoretical analysis, drawing on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, international relations, history, social psychology and cultural studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL014000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Law Enforcement
POL035000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOC020000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC051000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society