Cases, Connections, Boundaries (ca. 1850–1970)
Edited By Emmanuel Blanchard, Marieke Bloembergen and Amandine Lauro
Colonial security strategies and the postcolonial vestiges they left both in the global South and in former metropoles have recently attracted renewed academic attention. Policing in Colonial Empires is a collection of essays reflecting current, ongoing research and exploring the multifaceted dynamics of policing in colonial societies over the past two centuries. Spanning several continents and colonial contexts (some of them liminal or little-explored), the book examines the limits and legitimacies of the functioning of colonial policing. Addressing issues such as collaboration, coercion, violence, race, and intelligence, the collected works ask what exactly was colonial about colonial policing. Together, the contributors point out the complex nature of colonial law and order maintenance, and provide insights on histories that might reflect the legacies of its many variants.
About the author
Emmanuel Blanchard is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and Sciences Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye. He is also a Researcher at the Center for Sociological Research on Law and Criminal Justice Institutions (CESDIP, UMR 8183, CNRS and French Ministry of Justice). His research focuses on the history of immigration and colonial policing in France and colonial North Africa. Marieke Bloembergen is a Senior Researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies in Leiden (KITLV). Her research interests include the political dynamics of knowledge production, and biographies, histories and memories of (post-)colonial policing in (post-)colonial Indonesia in a widening, inter-Asian and global context. Amandine Lauro is a Research Associate at the Belgian National Fund for Scientifi c Research (FRSFNRS) at the Université libre de Bruxelles. Her research focuses on gender, race and urban policing in colonial Equatorial Africa.
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