In this edition of the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast, we discuss Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing by Didier Fassin.
This month, Director of the Bedrosian Center Raphael Bostic, Director of the USC Digital Library Matt Gainer, and USC Price professors Martin Krieger and LaVonna Lewis discuss Didier Fassin’s Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing, a study of anti-crime squad in the outskirts of Paris.
We discuss the nature of policing in both France and the U.S., the universality of how we handle differences, the nature of a world on video, how power and race play out in the police-citizen relationship, and lessons for governance that can be learned from this important work.
Next month, we’ll take a look at the state of higher education in the US with a discussion of Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters by Michael S. Roth, President of Wesleyan University. Check out the book at join us for the discussion on Oct 27th.
Links to some of the things we discussed and some additional things related to our conversation:
Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy by Sudhir Venkatesh
Civil unrest in France, May 1968
“Levels of Racism: A Theoretic Framework and a Gardener’s Tale” by Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD in American Journal of Public Health
Protests in Tiananmen Square (1989)
Spanish Lake (2014)
Civil unrest in Ferguson, MO (August 2014)
This podcast was produced by Jonathan Schwartz and Aubrey Hicks.