Policing the Poor: From Slave Plantation to Public Housing
While many applaud the apparent successes of community and saturation policing, Neil Websdale contends instead that such law enforcement initiatives oppress rather than protect the poor, particularly African Americans in large urban centers. Based on a groundbreaking ethnographic study of public housing projects in Nashville, Tennessee, he argues persuasively that community policing is a critical component of a criminal justice juggernaut designed to manage or regulate stigmatized populations, much like slave patrols served as agents for social control on Southern plantations.
In a work that is sure to stir controversy and heated debate, Websdale draws on extensive field research, documentary sources, and interviews to illuminate how a criminal justice system deeply rooted in racism and slavery destroys the black family, creates a form of selective breeding, and undermines the civil rights gains of the 1960s. Unlike previous studies of community policing, which analyze programs through the lens of law enforcement, this book focuses on the history, experiences, and perspectives of the people whose lives are most affected by today's policing strategies.
Skillfully blending the voices of project residents with a rich synthesis of historical, sociological, and criminological analysis, Websdale describes the situational, cultural, and economic circumstances of Nashville's poor; examines the policing of social upheaval by detailing events in the 1997 looting and burning of the Dollar General Store; considers African American kinship systems and the special circumstances of battered women; and discusses why the vice trades -- prostitution and selling drugs -- thrive in public housing projects.
Policing the Poor is a much-needed balance to prevailing optimistic views on the effectiveness of this new method of law enforcement.
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Policing the Poor: From Slave Plantation to Public Housing (Northeastern Series on Gender, Crime, and Law)User Review - Book Verdict
Websdale (criminal justice, Northern Arizona Univ.; Understanding Domestic Homicide) challenges the popular belief that community policing is all good and benefits the poor. Sharing the results of an ethnographic study he conducted at the Edgehill projects in Nashville, he argues that the socioeconomic conditions of the projects result from years of racist behavior toward American blacks that can be traced to the origins of slavery and have continued because of global capitalism. Websdale concludes that the Nashville poor are well aware that they are subject to rigorous social quarantining, numerous social stigmas, and stringent surveillance. Furthermore, he disagrees with the common perception that community policing brings law enforcement officers closer to the public, allowing them to assess neighborhood problems more effectively. As the author himself admits, however, it is difficult to generalize from one case study to another, and with his lack of credible evidence to support his own anti-community approach to policing, it is doubtful that many people who are not already convinced will benefit from this analysis. Not recommended. Tim Delaney, Canisius Coll., Buffalo ...
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had some interesting case studies but lacked a coherent thread and was seriously marred by sensationalism. I don't know what I was expecting, it was apparent from the first chapter that the author was the ultimate gawking white guy who incidentally needs to be barred from ever talking about pimps. Read full review
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