law and order; broken windows; stop and frisk; mass incarceration; race; technocracy; Hans-Georg Gadamer; Martin Heidegger; James Q. Wilson
Contemporary American policing practices are marked by increasingly top-down, racialized, militarized, and pseudo-scientiﬁc features. Social scientists have played a central role in creating this political situation: social-scientiﬁc advocates of “law and order,” far from providing a value-neutral description of social reality, appear instead to have contributed to the creation of a peculiarly modern form of power.
Blakely, J. (2019). The hermeneutics of policing: An analysis of law and order technocracy. Critical Review, 31(2), 160-178. doi:10.1080/08913811.2019.1689677