police

How to study anti-police protest in a digital age

Working paper
Paul Mutsaers
15/12/2017

To understand police-public relationships, we need to study more imperceptible types of resistance and the complex, interlinked nature of plugged-in publics and their online, non-embodied, and thus less visible protests against police. 

The politics of crime. Who gets to define what’s illegal?

Column
Paul Mutsaers
01/06/2017
4 minutes to read

The notion of the ethics of illegality enables us to compare policing, security and crime beyond the boundaries of the nation-state. It may help us understand how police and policed across the world deal differently or similarly with law breaking. 

The irrationality of ethnic profiling: abandon this police practice!

Column
Paul Mutsaers
18/04/2017
5 minutes to read

Ethnic profiling creates a "ratchet" or "multiplier" effect: it disproportionally increases the incarceration rates of the profiled group, which in turn boosts ethnic profiling, which subsequently increases incarceration rates, etc. 

There are no shortcuts to become a police officer

Article
Lola Valles
09/02/2017
7 minutes to read

Lola Valles argues that govermenments should not take shortcuts to recruit and educate new police officers as an answer to security threats because the strategic position of police in society.

When the law comes out of the barrel of the gun (Graham Denyer Willis)

Review
Paul Mutsaers
26/10/2016
5 minutes to read

The book is a product of intense ethnographic labor that took place in São Paulo, that Brazilian megacity where crime and violence run rampant and where routinized killing takes place involving police and an organized crime groups

Is the police anthropologist an asshole?

Article
Paul Mutsaers
01/11/2018
6 minutes to read

Paul Mutsaers (Tilburg University) argues eloquently that a police anthropologist should be an asshole. Meaning that an ethnographer has the democratic duty to question the police definition of the situation.