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Blue Lines, Red Scares, and Black Power: American Police Militarization and the 2016 Republican National Convention


Blue Lines, Red Scares, and Black Power: American Police Militarization and the 2016 Republican National Convention

McLoughlin, Kyle (2018) Blue Lines, Red Scares, and Black Power: American Police Militarization and the 2016 Republican National Convention. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis examines police militarization in the United States through the lens of counterinsurgency and community policing. Rather than discussing police militarization solely in terms of the policies that enable it, this work builds upon a thorough history of law enforcement in the United States to demonstrate the porous boundaries between war-making and law enforcement. This thesis complicates the traditional analytical framework of policing as law enforcers and situates police in terms of Neocleous’ (2013) concept of pacification. Pacification is the process of maintaining social order to ensure the continued expansion and entrenchment of capital and to preemptively disrupt contenders for social power. This thesis discusses how police militarization and community policing are part of a broader strategy of counterinsurgency which seeks to ensure the ongoing pacification of the United States. This thesis is based on fieldwork conducted at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:McLoughlin, Kyle
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Social and Cultural Anthropology
Date:May 2018
Thesis Supervisor(s):Forte, Maximilian and French, Martin and Hetherington, Kregg
Keywords:Police militarization, policing, protest, Republican National Convention, police intelligence, intelligence, spying, domestic security, imperialism, labour history, African American history, anarchism, communism, police, law enforcement, SWAT
ID Code:983897
Deposited On:16 Nov 2018 15:43
Last Modified:16 Nov 2018 15:43


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