Lecture image placeholder

Premium content

Access to this content requires a subscription. You must be a premium user to view this content.

Monthly subscription - $9.99Pay per view - $4.99Access through your institutionLogin with Underline account
Need help?
Contact us
Lecture placeholder background
VIDEO DOI: https://doi.org/10.48448/pzmy-qb53


AAA Annual Meeting 2021

November 18, 2021

Baltimore, United States

Anthropological Engagement with Policing, pt. 1: legacies and challenges


police/ policing

public safety

criminal justice

Anthropology has a long, if not well understood, history of engagements with policing. Since the 19th century, police work has created the material conditions which enable anthropological research in many field sites, especially in colonial and postcolonial contexts. Conversely, the theoretical work of anthropologists have served as foundational justifications for regimes of policing. For example, both the ‘criminal anthropology’ of Lombroso and the anthropométrie judiciare of Alphonse Bertillon were attempted engagements with contemporary anthropological problems such as parsing competing philosophical claims of free will, rationality, and the materiality of the body. This dialog extends through the work of Malinowski on informal social control mechanisms--central to much of the conceptual infrastructure of “community policing,” “broken windows” and “order maintenance” initiatives--and various iterations of cultural theory, from “culture of poverty” frameworks through contemporary engagements with “police culture.” Even today, amidst an anthropological profession nominally committed to racial and social justice, anthropologists continue a challenging pathway towards engaging with police and policing, as collaborators, interlocutors, antagonists and as objects of study in themselves. This panel, the first of two related sessions, will explore the legacies of such engagements--paying particular attention to the challenges and pitfalls they engender.


Transcript English (automatic)

Next from AAA Annual Meeting 2021

Aging in Contexts of Im/Mobility Regimes
technical paper

Aging in Contexts of Im/Mobility Regimes

AAA Annual Meeting 2021

18 November 2021

Similar lecture

Anthropological Engagements with Policing, pt. 2: working to imagine solutions

Anthropological Engagements with Policing, pt. 2: working to imagine solutions

AAA Annual Meeting 2021

18 November 2021

Stay up to date with the latest Underline news!

Select topic of interest (you can select more than one)


  • All Lectures
  • For Librarians
  • Resource Center
  • Free Trial
Underline Science, Inc.
1216 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001, USA

© 2023 Underline - All rights reserved