I feel really lucky to be able to do something like this.
Book number three in this book club experiment put so many things in perspective.
The latest book the faculty discussed is Didier Fassin’s Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing, a study of anti-crime squad in the outskirts of Paris.
I’m not even sure anymore how I found this book, but I am glad I did. The story of policing Fassin tells seems so familiar, because it is. There is something about the remove, the setting so familiar yet similar that makes this extremely powerful. This is, for an academic book, extremely accessible. I feel like I’ll be returning to this again and again.
We need police reform. We need to focus on antiracist policy.