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Police Power and Race Riots


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Cathy Lisa Schneider is Associate Professor in the School of International Service at American University and author of Shantytown Protest in Pinochet's Chile.


"A superb work of comparative and historical scholarship that makes a major contribution to our understanding of policing, violence, and urban riots, in the United States as well as France."-Jacqueline E. Ross, University of Illinois College of Law

"[Police Power and Race Riots] generates a depth of ethnographic material that provides the reader with a rare insight as to the plight of specific ethnic minority groups and their relationship with the police."-Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy

"Cathy Lisa Schneider's comparative analysis of policing in New York and Paris examines the relationships between the state and urban minorities, and asks under what conditions do fractious relationships turn into riots. Schneider compares police tactics in enforcing racial boundaries, and argues that access to the judicial system and municipal authorities are the key variables in dampening social unrest. The book is an exciting addition to the literature on policing and urban violence, and will find an appreciative audience with those interested in urban studies, sociology, and public policy."-Eric Schneider, University of Pennsylvania

"Readers will be rewarded with subtle remarks, a vast knowledge of historical trends helping to better grasp the current situations, and a stimulating ethnographic work."-Ethnic and Racial Studies

"In past decades, most urban unrest in Western countries has been provoked by deadly confrontations between law enforcement officers and inhabitants of disadvantaged neighborhoods belonging to minorities. Offering a transatlantic comparison and a temporal depth to events which for the most part have been studied in national contexts from an ahistorical perspective, Police Power and Race Riots proposes a novel and crucial addition to the literature on the subject, allowing for a greater understanding of the often overlooked colonial and racial dimension of iterative disturbances in France as well as the little analyzed political and social aspects of the relative calm in New York-a remarkable achievement."-Didier Fassin, author of Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing

"Incredibly thorough and provocative. . . . Schneider skillfully brings individual perspectives to this complicated social phenomenon. In so doing, she demonstrates that violent revolt holds value for all those involved. . . . The book is incredibly thorough and provocative."-Humanity & Society

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