ANSO138 | Autumn | 3 ECTS

Policing and Militarization Today

When it comes to policing and militarization, scholarship conceives of force as being spread across a continuum. This broadly encompasses the physical presence of the beat cop to the global force of military occupation. For a long time, scholars of policing have thought that the police continuum of force ceases where the military one starts (with lethal force involving a growing number of casualties). This shift along the continuum of force has also been thought to entail an accompanying shift in disposition. The police have long been presumed to abide by an ethos of minimum force, while military officers understand that any means may be necessary to destroy an enemy's powerbase. Yet, contemporary forms of civil unrest serve to question old theories. The threat of uprisings has transformed some non-war zones into battle zones where police resemble the military's helmets, flak jackets, armored tanks, and tactical force. Given this contemporary climate, in this class we will wrestle with the following questions: What are current national and transnational issues in policing? In what ways do police strategies for enforcing law impact local and national communities? How do we understand the relationship between militarization and policing globally?