CeASR Seminar- Policing the Planet: Why The Policing Crisis Led to Black Li...
Guest Speakers from USA: Jordan T. Camp & Christina Heatherton
Crime, Justice and Society Programme
The rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the US, after a series of high-profile police killings of people of colour and centuries of racist brutality, has raised the issue of policing and mass incarceration to the central political question of the age. Christina Heatherton and Jordan T. Camp authors of Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter (Verso, 2016), map the rise of broken-windows policing and how this led to the current policing crisis. Broken-windows policing led to a shift in state policy from providing services to improve communities to a focus on security and crime-prevention. Through this, the police have been endowed with the arbitrary capacity to regulate the lives of the racialised poor in both the US and increasingly in the UK. The recent examples of the police killings of people of colour in the UK, from Mark Duggan and Smiley Culture to Sarah Reed, has shown that the issues raised by the #BlackLivesMatter movement are as relevant here as they are in the US.
Jordan T. Camp is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Race and Ethnicity and International and Public Affairs at Brown University, co-editor of Policing the Planet, and author of Incarcerating the Crisis: Freedom Struggles and the Rise of the Neoliberal State.
Christina Heatherton is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Trinity College, co-editor of Policing the Planet, and author of the forthcoming book, The Color Line and the Class Struggle: The Mexican Revolution, Internationalism, and the American Century.