Date: 16th February 2021, 14:00 – 16:00
This webinar will explore the ways in which modern iterations of the police are inextricably bound up with Britain’s imperial project.
This webinar seeks to excavate the colonial roots of contemporary modes of British policing both in terms of the “war on terror” and in the context of “gangs” and “knife crime”. We’ll look at how policing strategies were tested out in the colonies before being imported to Britain in order to police ‘coloured’ immigrant populations. We’ll also examine the influence of these colonial, racialized, policing strategies within today’s context. What do the colonial origins of British policing mean for the police and also the populations they seek to discipline and control today?
Dr Adam Elliot-Cooper (Greenwich Uni)
Dr Kristine Eck (Uppsala Uni)
Dr Tanzil Chowdury (QMUL)
This event is hosted by the Connected Sociologies Curriculum Project which seeks to make available open access resources for the teaching of sociology. It emerges out of discussions about the need to broaden our understandings of the past – to be inclusive of colonial and imperial histories – in developing our understandings of the present. The Connected Sociologies Curriculum Project is funded by the Sociological Review Foundation.