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Policing the French Empire

Colonial Law Enforcement and the Search for Racial-Territorial Hegemony

Samuel Kalman

an ironic twist, the very things that seemingly protected the imperial project—military barracks and police stations, the omnipresent tricolore , military parades—only heightened the desire for freedom of the colonized denizens of the empire. Fully

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“Purely Artistic”

Police Power and Popular Culture in Colonial Algerian Theater

Danielle Beaujon

, directors, and producers, the presence of the officers came as no surprise. Before any performance could begin, productions had to obtain a series of permits that the police had a remarkably subjective prerogative to grant or withhold. The emergence of

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Police Prejudice or Logics?

Analyzing the “Bornholm Murder Case”

David Sausdal

, “A Black Man Was Tortured and Killed in Denmark. The Police Insist It Wasn't about Race” (Erdbrik 2020) not only because a young man was the victim of what the prosecutor described as “hell-like violence,” but also because of the possible reasons for

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Emergent Police States

Racialized Pacification and Police Moralism from Rio's Favelas to Bolsonaro

Tomas Salem and Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

Complexo do Alemão, a group of favelas in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro (© Tomas Salem) In recent decades, the presence of armed drug traffickers and paramilitary groups (known as milícias ), along with the actions of the Military Police's Special

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F*ck the Police!

Antiblack statecraft, the myth of cops’ fragility, and the fierce urgency of an insurgent anthropology of policing

Jaime A. Alves

morning of 6 May 2021, the military police invaded the favela of Jacarezinho, one of Rio de Janeiro's slums, and killed 28 people during a military operation tellingly named Operation Exceptis. Photos of dead bodies in the alleys of the favela and

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The Missing Policing

The Absent Concept of Policing and Its Substitutes in Israeli Military Doctrine

Ofra Ben-Ishai

Although the Israel Defense Force (IDF) has been engaged in policing for over 50 years ( Yossef 2019 ), like Western armies ( Beers 2007 ) it has done little to develop a general policing doctrine ( Michael and Siboni 2016 ). This is particularly

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Terms of Silence

Weaknesses in Corporate and Law Enforcement Responses to Cyberviolence against Girls

Suzanne Dunn, Julie S. Lalonde, and Jane Bailey

little to nothing that the police or social media companies could do about the harassing behavior, regardless of the relentless and sexualized harassment they faced. Proper investigations were not launched until after both girls died by suicide

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“It Is Better to Die”

Abbé Rousseau and the Meanings of Suicide

Jeffrey Merrick

laughing matter. Eighteenth-century Paris witnessed, or at least eighteenth-century Parisians thought they witnessed, an epidemic of suicide. Police records document hundreds of cases. Memoirs, nouvelles (collections of news and gossip circulated in

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The Permeable Olympic Fortress

Mega-Event Security as Camouflage in Rio de Janeiro

Dennis Pauschinger

On an early afternoon of Rio's Olympic summer in August 2016, I was sitting in the Special Forces’ sleeping and locker room in Cidade da Políca (Police City), one of the two Civil Police headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. The police officers, all

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Sandbags, Strikes, and Scandals

Public Disorder and Problematic Policing in Occupied Roubaix during World War I

James E. Connolly

In late April 1915, female workers of the Selliez clothing factory in the French town of Roubaix were insulted for numerous consecutive days by local residents who, a French police report noted, “had built themselves up into an angry state.” 1 The