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Literature and Global Policing
Literature and Global Policing
James Purdon

Recent literary theory has demanded a great deal from the concept of policing. Ever since Michel Foucault popularized the idea that the police should be understood not as a single institution, still less as a group of state employees possessing individual agency, but rather as a much more widespread and abstract ‘system of regulation', it has become commonplace to think of other social and cultural systems, from medicine and education to literature and criticism, as covert forms of a pervasive police order in which the activities of the so-called ‘petty police’ play only a small part (Foucault, 1984: 241). If readers and critics have grown used to thinking about the policing functions of a wide range ...

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