Writing The World Of Policing: The Difference Ethnography Makes by Didier FassinWriting The World Of Policing: The Difference Ethnography Makes by Didier Fassin

Writing The World Of Policing: The Difference Ethnography Makes

EditorDidier Fassin

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As policing has recently become a major topic of public debate, it was also a growing area of ethnographic research. Writing the World of Policing brings together an international roster of scholars who have conducted fieldwork studies of law enforcement in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods on five continents. How, they ask, can ethnography illuminate the role of the police in society? Are there important aspects of policing that are not captured through interviews and statistics? And how can the study of law enforcement shed light on the practice of ethnography? What might studying policing teach us about the epistemological and ethical challenges of participant observation? Beyond these questions of crucial interest for criminology and, more generally, the social sciences, Writing the World of Policing provides a timely discussion of one of the most problematic institutions in contemporary society.
Didier Fassin is the James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.
Title:Writing The World Of Policing: The Difference Ethnography MakesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:October 25, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Ethnographying the Police
Didier Fassin

Part I: Position

One     Accountability: Ethnographic Engagement and the Ethics of the Police (United States)
Steve Herbert

Two     Complicity: Becoming the Police (South Africa)
Julia Hornberger

Three   Intimacy: Personal Policing, Ethnographic Kinship, and Critical Empathy (India)
Beatrice Jauregui

Four     Affect: The Virtual Force of Policing (Taiwan)
Jeffrey T. Martin

Part II: Observation

Five     Predicament: Interpreting Police Violence (Mozambique)
Helene Maria Kyed

Six       Morality: Understanding Police Training on Human Rights (Turkey)
Elif Babül

Seven  Experience: Being Policed as a Condition of Life (Chile)
Clara Han

Eight   Aspiration: Hoping for a Public Policing (Bolivia)
Daniel M. Goldstein

Part III: Description

Nine    Sense and Sensibility: Crafting Tales about the Police (Thailand)
Duncan McCargo

Ten      Detention: Police Discretion Revisited (Portugal)
Susana Durão

Eleven Alibi: The Extralegal Force Embedded in the Law (United States)
Laurence Ralph

Twelve Boredom: Accounting for the Ordinary in the Work of Policing (France)
Didier Fassin


Editorial Reviews

“Fassin has asked some of the world’s best ethnographers of policing to reflect on the ethical, political and practical complexities of describing this unstable, if indispensable, heart of modern statecraft. The result is a unique collection of personal and reflexive essays, theoretically astute and global in scope, while deeply attentive to how the ethnographer co-produces the situation under analysis. This volume is not only timely and important at this historical juncture, it is also a contribution of lasting value that will inspire students and aspiring ethnographers and seasoned fieldworkers from all disciplines.”