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Policing Narratives and the State of Terror
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Publisher State Univ of New York Pr
Publication date December 10, 2009
Pages 211
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781438429038
ISBN-10 1438429037
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Original list price $70.00
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, world politics have increasingly mirrored plots of detective novels, with high-profile criminal investigations that cross multiple borders and the internationalized law enforcement practices associated with the "War on Terror." Policing Narratives and the State of Terror examines the relationship between domestic policing and international policy through an analysis of contemporary popular detective fiction, police procedurals, police autobiography, security reports, and chronicles of domestic spying. Robin Truth Goodman connects these accounts of policing to the changing shape of the contemporary nation-state, marked by the denationalization of labor; commercial and criminal laws that jump borders more quickly than civil law protections; and the replacement of legal precedent by unrepeatable, exceptional executive decisions. Working at the intersection of literature, international law, and globalized commerce, Goodman astutely pinpoints how policing has become an increasingly troublesome instrument of empire, particularly in terms of national sovereignty and the growing numbers of mercenary private security forces.

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