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Book review: enforcing order: an ethnography of urban policing by Didier Fassin

Newburn, Tim (2014) Book review: enforcing order: an ethnography of urban policing by Didier Fassin. LSE Review of Books (04 Jun 2014). Website.

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During 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. This account of contemporary urban policing aims to show 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. Enforcing Order is an intriguing read, not least for what it reveals about the politics of law and order, and of policing, in France in recent times. It also offers interesting insights into French social science and criminology, writes Tim Newburn.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 10:24
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2021 23:27

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