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October 26, 2022

Video: Julian Go on Policing Empires

Video is now available from our recent Theorizing the Present lecture by Julian Go, Policing Empires: Race, Colonialism, and Power in the US and Britain, which took place on October 12, 2022.

If it is by now commonplace to bemoan the fact of militarized policing, we know less about its birth, development, and social logics. In this talk, Julian Go offers a critical historical sociology of policing in the US and Britain, where the so-called “civil” policing model originated. It theorizes the racialized imperiality of modern policing, exploring how militarization from the birth of policing itself has been inextricably tethered to the global color line, colonialism, and empire.