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Police officers at work [AnthroState] I 
Thomas Bierschenk (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
David Sausdal (Lund University)
Jérémie Gauthier (University of Strasbourg)
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Lanyon Building, LAN/0G/074
Wednesday 27 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

What insights do we gain by studying everyday policing from a perspective of the anthropology of work and of professions, and does such a perspective give us reasons to hope for transformation of often-criticized police practices?

Long Abstract:

While the emerging anthropology of the police tends to foreground public policing and violence practices, this panel asks what insights we may gain by examining everyday police practices from an anthropology of work perspective, and how such a perspective would in turn reflect on the anthropology of the state. And how, in the present moment were the police are often criticized for their practices, such a lens might give us reasons to hope for change and transformation. More specifically, we invite empirically grounded papers which focus on, e.g., recruitment patterns and selection criteria; formal training as well as professional socialisation; policing as a profession with particular knowledge and skills, career patterns as well as status, role and prestige configurations; the legal contexts of policing and managerial control techniques as well as their day-to-day negotiation to retain some control over the labour process; material aspects such as salaries, technical equipment and working and living conditions; forms of sociability and recreation; as well as self-image, esprit de corps and perceived societal positionings, not least in reaction to citizens' reactions to public policing. Also of interest are the relations between police organisations and their employers, including attempts at political control of police practices, and conversely, forms of collective enforcement of interests by staff representatives and police unions. More generally, how do issues of social class, gender, ethnicity, culture and age play out in such a policing-as-work perspective?

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Session 1 Wednesday 27 July, 2022, -