DragNet

DragNet November 4 – 17, 2014

Don't let the cute face fool you: Dale Lately of The Baffler reports how an increasing number of police officers are joining Facebook in trolling internet pages for "pre crime" in the making.

Don’t let the cute face fool you: Dale Lately of The Baffler reports how an increasing number of police officers are joining Facebook in trolling internet pages for “pre-crime” in the making.

November kicked off with Matt Bowden’s post via the Irish Criminology Research Network. Dr. Bowden shares his theoretical perspective about symbolic violence, which he expands from Bourdieu’s work on the formation of state power. Be sure to keep an eye out for Bowden’s forthcoming book, Crime Disorder and Symbolic Governance: Governing the Urban Property.

What does the appointment of General David Petraeus, the re-installation of ROTC programs and heightened policing and surveillance measures mean for the City University of New York? According to faculty and students, militarization. Intrigued? Head over to berkeleyjournal.org and read Organizing Against Empire: Struggle over the Militarization of CUNY by Zoltan Gluck, Manissa McCleave Maharawal, Isabelle Nastasia and Conor Tomas Reed.

According to Felony Disenfranchisement on Election Day, “active participation in the political process by voting has been shown to reduce recidivism by 10%.” Why, then, are many states continuing to deny individuals the right to vote via “felon disenfranchisement” policies? According to the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, about 1 in 40 adults in the US are impacted by such regulations. When extended to African American populations, this rate rises to an astonishing 1 in 13 adults.

Suffer from occasional bouts of FOMO? Let’s just hope that party you’re reading about on Facebook doesn’t involve underage sex or nitrous oxide. Dale Lately of The Baffler reports how an increasing number of police departments are joining Facebook in scanning pages for “pre crime”. Akin to the predictive policing of Minority Report fame, Lately reminds us how important it is to think before you post.

Anthropoliteia’s Monica Eppinger of “What’s Going on in the Ukraine” fame lends her unique insight via Comparative Law Prof Blog this month. Check out her reflections about the recent events in Ferguson against the backdrop of deep winter in Kyiv.

Yesterday, the Philadelphia Police Department launched their first body camera pilot trial. At a whopping cost of ~$400 per unit, it’s no wonder fledgling body camera projects are starting on the small side. Martin Kaste of NPR covers the increasing demand for Axon Flex models from Taser International, a top supplier of department technologies.

In other Anthropoliteia news, we know, we know. We keep growing. This month we kicked off yet another new feature for your reading pleasure, Tip of the Cap. An addition to our Bibliographemes suite of features, Jenny Carlson will manage posts about major works that are inspiring known and new scholars alike.

Got plans for Thursday, December 4th? If you’re like me, you’re wishing you didn’t have Methods class so you could bop down to Murphy’s Irish Pub in DC for the 2014 Anthropoliteia Tweetup. If you also must miss out on the intellectual festivities, make sure you catch up on everything AAA 2014 here. For those of you who are able to join the fun, keep an eye out for this guy*, who is managing the event (*note: hairstyle is subject to change).

Did I miss something? No worries- it does happen on occasion. If you have any suggestions for DragNet, or if you want to call attention to a specific blog or article, send an email to anthropoliteia@gmail.com with the words “DragNet” in the subject header and I’ll get on it!

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