What are the potential contributions of anthropology to the study of police? Even beyond the methodological particularities and geographic breadth of cultural anthropology, there are a set of conceptual and analytical traditions that have much to bring to broader scholarship in police studies.

Including original and international contributions from both senior and emerging scholars, this pioneering book represents a foundational document for a burgeoning field of study: the anthropology of police. The chapters in this volume open up the question of police in new ways: mining the disciplinary legacies of anthropology in order to discover new conceptual tools, methods, and pedagogies; reworking relationships between "police," "public," and "researcher" in ways that open up new avenues for exploration at the same time as they articulate new demands; and retracing a hauntology that, through interactions with individuals and collectives, constitutes a body politic through the figure of police.

Illustrating the various ways that anthropology enables a reassessment of the police/violence relationship with a broad consideration of the human stakes at the center, this book will be of interest to criminologists, sociologists, anthropologists, and the broad interdisciplinary field invested in the study of policing, order-making, and governance.

chapter 1|20 pages


Disciplines, fields, and problems

part I|78 pages

Legacies and lessons

chapter 2|11 pages

An anthropology of policing

chapter 3|20 pages

Police culture

What it is, what it does, and what we should do with it

chapter 5|10 pages

Practice in the anthropology of policing

Building the base of practice

part II|74 pages

Publics and relations

chapter 7|18 pages

“The boys with blue eyes”

An anthropology of a secret police

chapter 8|20 pages

Policed bodies and subjectivities

Football fans at the Gezi Uprising in Turkey

chapter 10|20 pages

Protesting police

part III|57 pages

Esprit de corps

chapter 12|21 pages

The Black Box of police torture

chapter 13|21 pages

The good police officer

Ambivalent intimacies with the state in the Greek asylum procedure