Updated with a link to the New Books podcast – https://newbooksnetwork.com/a-critical-theory-of-police-power
Mark Neocleous, A Critical Theory of Police Power – new edition, Verso, January 2021
[update – discussion of the new edition at the New Books podcast]
Putting police power into the centre of the picture of capitalism
The ubiquitous nature and political attraction of the concept of order has to be understood in conjunction with the idea of police. Since its first publication, this book has been one of the most powerful and wide-ranging critiques of the police power.
Neocleous argues for an expanded concept of police, able to account for the range of institutions through which policing takes place. These institutions are concerned not just with the maintenance and reproduction of order, but with its very fabrication, especially the fabrication of a social order founded on wage labour. By situating the police power in relation to both capital and the state and at the heart of the politics…
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