Policing the Poor: From Slave Plantation to Public Housing

Policing the Poor From Slave Plantation to Public Housing While many applaud the apparent successes of community and saturation policing Neil Websdale contends instead that such law enforcement initiatives oppress rather than protect the poor particularly

  • Title: Policing the Poor: From Slave Plantation to Public Housing
  • Author: Neil Websdale
  • ISBN: 9781555534967
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Paperback
  • While many applaud the apparent successes of community and saturation policing, Neil Websdale contends instead that such law enforcement initiatives oppress rather than protect the poor, particularly African Americans in large urban centers Based on a groundbreaking ethnographic study of public housing projects in Nashville, Tennessee, he argues persuasively that communitWhile many applaud the apparent successes of community and saturation policing, Neil Websdale contends instead that such law enforcement initiatives oppress rather than protect the poor, particularly African Americans in large urban centers Based on a groundbreaking ethnographic study of public housing projects in Nashville, Tennessee, he argues persuasively that community policing is a critical component of a criminal justice juggernaut designed to manage or regulate stigmatized populations, much like slave patrols served as agents for social control on Southern plantations In a work that is sure to stir controversy and heated debate, Websdale draws on extensive field research, documentary sources, and interviews to illuminate how a criminal justice system deeply rooted in racism and slavery destroys the black family, creates a form of selective breeding, and undermines the civil rights gains of the 1960s Unlike previous studies of community policing, which analyze programs through the lens of law enforcement, this book focuses on the history, experiences, and perspectives of the people whose lives are most affected by today s policing strategies Skillfully blending the voices of project residents with a rich synthesis of historical, sociological, and criminological analysis, Websdale describes the situational, cultural, and economic circumstances of Nashville s poor examines the policing of social upheaval by detailing events in the 1997 looting and burning of the Dollar General Store considers African American kinship systems and the special circumstances of battered women and discusses why the vice trades prostitution and selling drugs thrive in public housing projects Policing the Poor is a much needed balance to prevailing optimistic views on the effectiveness of this new method of law enforcement.

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    One thought on “Policing the Poor: From Slave Plantation to Public Housing”

    1. had some interesting case studies but lacked a coherent thread and was seriously marred by sensationalism. I don't know what I was expecting, it was apparent from the first chapter that the author was the ultimate gawking white guy who incidentally needs to be barred from ever talking about pimps.

    2. Neil Websdale’s 2001 book Policing the poor: from slave plantation to public housing (Northeastern University Press) examines the origins and practice of community policing in the black urban poor neighborhoods of Nashville. Websdale weaves sociological and historical analysis alongside the stories of public housing residents and those of the police who patrol them. From the perspective of an outsider (he is white Englishmen and Professor of Criminal Justice) he examines various aspects of com [...]

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