Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226497648 Will Publish October 2017
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Writing the World of Policing

The Difference Ethnography Makes

Edited by Didier Fassin

Writing the World of Policing

Edited by Didier Fassin

320 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226497648 Will Publish October 2017
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780226497501 Will Publish October 2017
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9780226497785 Will Publish October 2017
As policing has recently become a major topic of public debate, it is 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 work and role of the police in society? Are there important aspects of policing that are not captured through its usual approach through interviews and statistics? And how does the study of law enforcement enlighten the practice of ethnography in general? Can such inquiry into policing enrich our understanding of  the epistemological and ethical challenges of this method? Beyond these questions of crucial interest for both criminology and the social sciences, Writing the World of Policing provides a timely discussion of one of the most problematic institutions in contemporary societies. 
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

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