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“Eyes, Ears, and Wheels”

Policing Partnerships in Nairobi, Kenya

Francesco Colona and Tessa Diphoorn

Africa has empirically centered around non-state actors, which broadly refers to actors who are not (directly) aligned to or working within the larger state apparatus. These studies have focused on gangs ( Jensen 2008a ; van Stapele 2015 ), vigilante

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Just War

The Metaphysics of Police Vigilantism in India

Beatrice Jauregui

This article describes and explains “police vigilantism” as a mode of authoritative extralegal coercion performed by public police officials conceived as doing their duty to realize justice in the world. Based on ethnographic observations, interviews, and content analysis of news and entertainment media as well as official government reports, this essay examines a specific form of police vigilantism in contemporary India known as “encounter killings”. Demonstrating that encounter killings are widely constituted as a form of ritual purification and social defense by self-sacrificing police, it theorizes a metaphysics of police vigilantism in India that combines generalized experiences of insecurity with shared cosmologies of just war. Comparing this metaphysics with justifications of state violence in other Global South contexts, this study sheds light on how such violence may be legitimated through the conceptual inextricability of law and war as embodied in a uniquely constituted human figure: the police vigilante.

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Guarding the Body

Private Security Work in Rio de Janeiro

Erika Robb Larkins

.) We sat. The office maid turned up the air conditioner. I asked her about the growth of the private security industry, grateful to count on our shared cultural bluntness. Who are the thousands of guards—or vigilantes in Portuguese—that work for your

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Introduction

Ethnographies of Private Security

Erella Grassiani and Tessa Diphoorn

– 61 . Pratten , David , and Atryee Sen , eds. 2007 . Global Vigilantes . London : Hurst & Co . Rigakos , George S. 2002 . The New Parapolice: Risk Markets and Commodified Social Control . Toronto : University of Toronto Press . Rodgers

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Between Labor Migration and Forced Displacement

Wartime Mobilities in the Burkina Faso–Côte d’Ivoire Transnational Space

Jesper Bjarnesen

pouvoirs et histoire : Conversations autour de l’oeuvre de Jean-Pierre Chauveau , ed. E. Jul-Larsen , P.-J. Laurent , P.-Y. Le Meur , and É. Léonard . Paris : Karthala . Hagberg , Sten , and Syna Ouattara . 2010 . “ Vigilantes in War

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Portrait

Eileen Barker

Linda Woodhead, James T. Richardson, Martyn Percy, Catherine Wessinger, and Eileen Barker

, Anson D. , Jr. , and David G. Bromley 1980 . The New Vigilantes: Deprogrammers, Anti-Cultists, and the New Religions . Beverly Hills, CA : Sage . Stanislavski , Constantin. 1937 . An Actor Prepares . Trans. Elizabeth R. Hapgood London