Governments task police forces and other security units with the responsibility of maintaining order and control over civilian populations. In this unit, students will learn about policing in different countries around the world and observe the differences and similarities in law enforcements’ approaches and methods. They will also gain an understanding of how policing affects different communities and become familiar with how power, violence, and control are embodied and meted out by the institution and by individual officers. Students will study critiques of policing put forth by various scholars.
Beliso-De Jesús, Aisha. 2020. “The Jungle Academy: Molding White Supremacy in American Police Recruits.” American Anthropologist 122 (1): 143–156.
Martin, Jeffrey T. 2018. “Police and Policing.” Annual Review of Anthropology 47 (1): 133–148.
Article: Favian Alejandro Martín and Mona J. E. Danner’s “Elusive Justice: Tribal Police Officers’ Perception of Justice in an American Indian Community”
Book: Laurence Ralph’s The Torture Letters: Reckoning With Police Violence
Book: Savannah Shange’s Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Anti-Blackness, and Schooling in San Francisco
Podcast: SAPIENS’ “Police Violence and the Pandemic”
Podcast: The Conversation’s Pasha “Talking #EndSARS and the New Proposed Unit”
Podcast: CANADALAND’s “Everybody Else is Abolishing the Police, So Why Can’t We?”
Website: Movement for Black Lives’ Defund the Police page
Eshe Lewis (2020)