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The Streets of San Francisco: Policing and the Creation of a Cosmopolitan Liberal Politics, 1950-1972

Christopher Lowen Agee


This book argues that post-World War II San Francisco liberals used debates over police politics to develop a powerful and an enduring cosmopolitan liberal ideology and coalition. By championing the “harm principle,” cosmopolitan liberals redefined the citizenry as culturally, sexually, and racially pluralist and unified around an interest in reducing violence. San Francisco’s liberals insisted that their redefinition of citizenship would create a safe-but-exciting and profitable city. When cosmopolitan liberals then attempted to create governing arrangements serving this citizenry, they in ... More

Keywords: pluralism, liberalism, police, San Francisco, urban, crime, discretion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226122281
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226122311.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Lowen Agee, author