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Enforcing Order

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Featuring Raphael Bostic, Matt Gainer, Martin Krieger, and LaVonna Blair Lewis

In this edition of the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast, we discuss Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing by Didier Fassin – a study of an 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.

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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.

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Links to some of the things we discussed and some additional things related to our conversation:

Michel Foucault
Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy by Sudhir Venkatesh
Civil unrest in France, May 1968
Dreyfus Affair
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)
Community Engagement
Community policing

This podcast was produced by Jonathan Schwartz and Aubrey Hicks.

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