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dc.creatorRoussell, Aaron
dc.descriptionThis article is a post-print copy. Per publisher requirements, it is embargoed until January 2018. For more information contact Aaron Roussell at
dc.description.abstractRecent decades have seen the rise of both community partnerships and the carceral state. Community policing in Los Angeles arose after the 1992 uprisings and was built on two conceptual building blocks—the territorial imperative and community partnership—which remain central more than 20 years later. At the same time, LA has undergone a significant black-to-Latino demographic shift linked with its restructured economy. This article discusses these changes using archival analysis and 5 years of participant observation in one South LA precinct. Police help to reshape the demography of South LA in ways conducive to post-Fordist economic shifts. The “community” concept appropriated by urban governance initiatives is composed against the unwanted “anticommunity,” which serves to heighten territorial control over black and Latino residents. Rather than encourage community cogovernance over the institution of policing, community rhetoric facilitates racial preference in neighborhood transition under the auspices of an increasingly bifurcated labor market.en_US
dc.publisherLaw & Society Reviewen_US
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dc.subjectCommunity policing, Crime, Race, Police--Social aspects
dc.titlePolicing the anticommunity: Race, deterritorialization, and labor market reorganization in South Los Angeles
dc.description.citationRoussell, A. Policing the anticommunity: Race, deterritorialization, and labor market reorganization in South Los Angeles. Law & Society Review, 49, 4.

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    This collection contains scholarly work by Aaron Roussell, Ph.D. and Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University.

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