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Spring 2016-2017
* AAS 370 / AMS 374 (SA)   na, npdf

Policing Racial Order: The History of U.S. Police Power from Slave Patrols to Drones

Naomi Murakawa

This course investigates the role of police power in reinforcing or challenging racial order in all of its economic, spatial, and gendered manifestations. We pay particular attention to the ways in which commonplace notions of safety and security develop in relation to the history of territorial expansion, war, wealth accumulation, and the racialized distribution of private property.

Sample reading list:
Simone Browne, Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness
Gregoire Chamayou, A Theory of the Drone
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
Sally Hadden, Slave Patrols: Law and Violence in Virginia and the Carolina
Aziz Rana, The Two Faces of American Freedom
Alfred McCoy, Policing America's Empire: The United States, the Philippine

Reading/Writing assignments:
Read 300-350 pages per week; write two midterm essays (in-class); write one 12-15 page research paper, and a take home final exam.

Mid Term Exam - 30%
Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Papers - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43054 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:10 Limit:20