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In this book, renowned anthropologists Jean and John L Comaroff make a startling but absolutely convincing claim about our modern era it is not by our arts, our politics, or our science that we understand ourselvesit is by our crimes Surveying an astonishing range of forms of crime and policingfrom petty thefts to the multibillion dollar scams of too big to fail financial institutions to the collateral damage of warthey take readers into the disorder of the late modern world Looking at recent transformations in the triangulation of capital, the state, and governance that have led to an era where crime and policing are ever complicit, they offer a powerful meditation on the new forms of sovereignty, citizenship, class, race, law, and political economy of representation that have arisen To do so, the Comaroffs draw on their vast knowledge of South Africa, especially, and its struggle to build a democracy founded on the rule of law out of the wreckage of long years of violence and oppression There they explore everything from the fascination with the supernatural in policing to the extreme measures people take to prevent home invasion, drawing illuminating comparisons to the United States and United Kingdom Going beyond South Africa, they offer a global criminal anthropology that attests to criminality as the constitutive fact of contemporary life, the vernacular by which politics are conducted, moral panics voiced, and populations ruled The result is a disturbing but necessary portrait of the modern era, one that asks critical new questions about how we see ourselves, how we think about morality, and how we are going to proceed as a global society....

Title : The Truth about Crime: Sovereignty, Knowledge, Social Order
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ISBN : 022642491X
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : University of Chicago Press 1 edition December 5, 2016
Number of Pages : 336 pages
File Size : 880 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The Truth about Crime: Sovereignty, Knowledge, Social Order Reviews

  • Ronald Slade
    2019-03-29 08:16

    Vague, ambiguous, stilted language, delivered with too many words, it is a failed attempt to make what could have been a good book. Taking one of their classes must be a unique form of torture.