Most Incidents Of Urban Unrest In Recent Decades Including The Riots In France, Britain And Other Western Countries Have Followed Lethal Interactions Between The Youth And The Police Usually These Take Place In Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Composed Of Working Class Families Of Immigrant Origin Or Belonging To Ethnic Minorities These Tragic Events Have Received A Great Deal Of Media Coverage, But We Know Very Little About The Everyday Activities Of Urban Policing That Lie Behind Them Over The Course Of 15 Months, At The Time Of The 2005 Riots, Didier Fassin Carried Out An Ethnographic Study In One Of The Largest Precincts In The Paris Region, Sharing The Life Of A Police Station And Cruising With The Patrols, In Particular The Dreaded Anti Crime Squads Far From The Imaginary Worlds Created By Television Series And Action Movies, He Uncovers The Ordinary Aspects Of Law Enforcement, Characterized By Inactivity And Boredom, By Eventless Days And Nights Where Minor Infractions Give Rise To Spectacular Displays Of Force And Where Officers Express Doubts About The Significance And Value Of Their Own Jobs Describing The Invisible Manifestations Of Violence And Unrecognized Forms Of Discrimination Against Minority Youngsters, Undocumented Immigrants And Roma People, He Analyses The Conditions That Make Them Possible And Tolerable, Including Entrenched Policies Of Segregation And Stigmatization, Economic Marginalization And Racial Discrimination.Richly Documented And Compellingly Told, This Unique Account Of Contemporary Urban Policing Shows That, Instead Of Enforcing The Law, The Police Are Engaged In The Task Of Enforcing An Unequal Social Order In The Name Of Public Security. The best book written on contemporary France, and one of the best books on policing in general This is a gorgeous book Beautifully written, sensitively analyzed, compassionate and passionate ethnography of the policing of minority communities in France, but relevant to all interested in ra
I have a hard time rating books that I must read for class My enjoyment of such works are impacted by the forced nature of my reading Regardless, Fassin s ethnography was quite engaging I am able to draw parallels from the setting in Paris to the pol
An incredible exploration of contemporary policing in the urban context Fassin draws from a large amount of experience conducted ethnographic research with police in the Parisian banlieue suburbs He analyses both the culture of the police, as well as their relationship with the people whom they are supposed to be protecting and serving Most of the French police are working class from outside Paris, and the banlieue are populated mostly by ethnic minorities This creates a dynamic in which the police see themselves as the front line in a war on criminal immigrants Although the police see themselves as the ones protecting society at large from the criminals, they are really provoking problems than they are able to solve At the same time, they serve merely as a tool of the state to impose social order at the bottom of which are those of North or Sub Saharan African identity The book speaks to the futility of stop and search techniques, as well as patrol based policing
This is an amazing ethnography written by an anthropologist sociologist on the police force that patrols a low income neighborhood in France One of the best books I have read in awhile. Fassin dives into an ethnography of French policing Perhaps he makes an affective move of highlighting the banality of patrolling through the style of his text I wish there were on the relation between the police and the populace. One of the best ethnographies I read so far. Indispensable dans son domaine, accessible et tr s clairant Lecture importante par les temps qui courent pour aider se poser les bonnes questions concernant les forces de l ordre et leurs dysfonctionnements structurels, politiques et professionnels. A must read for anyone with an opinion on the state of policing in society today as well as the role of police and its relationship to the state Very well written and informative.
- 287 pages
- Enforcing Order
- Didier Fassin
- 16 November 2017 Didier Fassin