Offers a much needed update on urban politics in a globalized world… Davidson and Martin, as well as contributors, chart new territory and produce thought-provoking research that move the field in a more critical direction

Policing the City

Policing the city
Kurt Iveson


The police can procure all sorts of good, and one kind of police may be infinitely preferable to another. This does not change the nature of the police … Whether the police is sweet and kind does not make it any less the opposite of politics. (Jacques Rancière, Disagreement, 1999: 31)

In this chapter, my broad aim is to consider what an account of policing the city might add to our thinking on urban politics. The shared etymological roots of the English words politics and police (not to mention polity and policy) in the Ancient Greek word πóλτς (polis) provides us with a clue about their close relation, each capturing some dimension of being together in a political community. ...

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