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Studies in European Culture and History

Police Forces: A Cultural History of an Institution

Editors: Mladek, Klaus (Ed.)

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This collection focuses on the cultural history of the police as an institution from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. Contrary to most studies on the law and the state, Police Forces demonstrates how profoundly modern democracies are enveloped by more informal and less codified modes of social control. In a time when the rule of law appears to be on the retreat, 'police studies' emerges as a field in its own right. This volume helps stake out this new discipline, including the intricate link between police and the law, 'might' and 'right,' state violence, surveillance technologies, politics and resistance. Police Forces considers the question of law and order from below: alleyways, borders, police stations, law offices, bureaucracies, and the minds of administrators, in which the quotidian workings of the law unfold.

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KLAUS MLADEK is Assistant Professor of German Studies at Dartmouth College, USA.

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'It is unusual for a collection of essays to form such a seamless whole as in the case of Police Forces. Mladek has brought together a superb group of international scholars, whose contributions illuminate, often in startling ways, the history of the 'police' in reality and imagination. One is uncertain whether to praise the book more for the acuteness of its historical analyses or for its urgent contemporary relevance. This is an exemplary and pioneering contribution that will have a major impact on work in cultural studies.' - David E. Wellbery, University of Chicago

'By tracing the history of modern police activity, largely through a German lens, this illuminating volume helps us understand the central and expanding role of policing.More than law or even war-making, policing may be emerging as the primary field for the exercise of power in contemporary society.' - Michael Hardt, Duke University


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Police Forces: A Cultural History of an Institution
Editors
  • Klaus Mladek
Series Title
Studies in European Culture and History
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Klaus Mladek
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-60747-7
DOI
10.1057/9780230607477
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7986-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-53846-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 277
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