Riding Along with Police

Opportunity for Learning and Beyond

in Journal of Legal Anthropology
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  • 1 Denison University waters@denison.edu
  • 2 Utrecht University T.Robben@uu.nl
  • 3 Dalhousie University ch451698@dal.ca
  • 4 University of Washington skherb@u.washington.edu

In the summer of 2008 I sent out a call to thirty former students from three semesters between 2000 and 2005, to reflect on what they learned from the “ride-alongs” with police, whether the project has changed their views on social order and the state, on the practice of law enforcement, and on the process of gathering knowledge about social life in general. Ten responded, and their ideas show that the experience of police ethnography had a considerable impact.


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