Policing and Incarceration

Investigates relations between policing (narrowly and broadly understood), incarceration, and the production of space and spatial knowledge. Borders, criminalized neighborhoods, detention centers, heavily securitized areas, internment camps, jails, prisons, rendition sites, and the spatial relations that they rely on and produce are explored as sites of power and subversion.

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This paper asks how the logics of globalized supply chains—particularly through fixes, risk, speed and stoppages, and motility—are articulated in carceral space.


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The logistics of police power: Armored vehicles, colonial boomerangs, and strategies of circulation

By following the transfers of armored vehicles to police, this article illuminates the logistical pathways that connect colonial warfare and domestic policing, adding an account of the material composition of police power to the historical work of critical and abolitionist thinkers.


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Second chances in the second city: Public housing and prisoner reentry in Chicago

Madeleine Hamlin's paper critically contends that the Chicago Housing Authority's important pilot program to allow a limited number of individuals with criminal records to live in their housing replicates pervasive fears of crime linking poverty to criminality.


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This special issue, edited by Maya Mynster Christensen and Peter Albrecht, introduces a conceptual framework for ethnographies of urban policing that foregrounds how defining features of the city produce police work, and in turn, how police work produces the city.


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Policing the war on drugs and the transformation of urban space in Manila

With an empirical point of departure in ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Bagong Silang, a poor urban area on the outskirts of Metro Manila, this article by Anna Bræmer Warburg and Steffen Jensen highlights the perspective of the state police in an area that has been heavily exposed to the drug war and can be considered as one of its hot spots.


Anna Bræmer Warburg, Steffen Jensen

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