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Writing the World of Policing: The Difference Ethnography Makes

Didier Fassin


Although the abundant scientific literature in criminology, sociology, political science, and legal studies on urban policing relies in part on participant observation, ethnography rarely appears as such, except occasionally in the form of short vignettes, and the specific contribution of this method is generally not discussed. Moreover, until recently, anthropologists themselves seem to have been little interested in policing practices. Yet, during the past decade, this situation has begun to change. A renewed interest in fieldwork research has emerged, criminologists have acknowledged the ne ... More

Keywords: ethnography, policing, law enforcement, fieldwork, writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226497501
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226497785.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Didier Fassin, editor
Princeton University/École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

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