Police, Power, and the Production of Racial Boundaries by Ana Muniz (Paperback, 2015)
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- DescriptionBased on five years of ethgraphy, archival research, census data analysis, and interviews, Police, Power, and the Production of Racial Boundaries reveals how the LAPD, city prosecutors, and business owners struggled to control who should be considered dangerous and how they should be policed in Los Angeles. Sociologist Ana Muniz shows how these influential groups used policies and everyday procedures to criminalize behaviors commonly associated with blacks and Latis and to promote an exceedingly aggressive form of policing. Muniz illuminates the degree to which the definitions of gangs and deviants are politically constructed labels born of public policy and court decisions, offering an invative look at the process of criminalization and underscoring the ways in which a politically powerful coalition can define deviant behavior. As she does so, Muniz also highlights the various grassroots challenges to such policies and the efforts to call attention to their racist effects. Muniz describes the fight over two very different methods of policing: community policing (in which the police and the community work together) and the broken windows or zero tolerance approach (which aggressively polices mir infractions - such as loitering - to deter more serious crime). Police, Power, and the Production of Racial Boundaries also explores the history of the area to explain how Cadillac-Corning became viewed by outsiders as a violent neighborhood and how the city's first gang injunction - a restraining order aimed at alleged gang members - solidified this negative image. As a result, Muniz shows, Cadillac-Corning and other sections became a test site for repressive practices that eventually spread to the rest of the city.
- Author BiographyAna Muniz was a Soros Justice Fellow at the Open Society Foundation. She is the director of the Dream Resource Center, an institute for research, education, and policy on undocumented youth immigrant issues in Los Angeles, California.
- Author(s)Ana Muniz
- PublisherRutgers University Press
- Date of Publication30/05/2015
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Series TitleCritical Issues in Crime and Society
- Place of PublicationNew Brunswick, NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRutgers University Press
- Content Note8 photographs, 5 figures, 2 tables
- Weight236 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine9 mm
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