19 Nov 12 // Don Mitchell: Whose City? // HU Berlin

Whose City? The Push for Policing-Centered Community Cohesion and its Meaning for the Right to the City

Think&Drink Kolloquium im Wintersemester 2012 // 19.November 2012 // 18:00 Uhr

Auch im aktuellen Semester laden der Lehrbereich Stadt- und Regionalsoziologie und das Georg-Simmel-Zentrum für Metropolenforschung gemeinsam zum wöchentlichen Think & Drink Kolloquium alle Interessierten ein und präsentieren eine Reihe hochklassige internationale Gastreferenten. Diese Woche zu Gast: Distinguished Professor Don Mitchell (Maxwell School of Syracuse University), der über das Konzept der „policing-centered community cohesion“ und das Recht auf Stadt sprechen wird:

This presentation will draw on research my colleagues Lynn Staeheli (University of Durham), Kafui Attoh (Syracuse University) and I are conducting in Manchester, Glasgow, Denver, and Oakland.  I will explore what we have identified as a strong push – by city officials, police theorists and police officers, and many residents – for what could be called “policing-centered community cohesion.”

Both “community cohesion” and “community policing” are common mantras in British and US cities, but what we show is that in particular neighborhoods at particular times they come together such that policing agencies become the central hub for community development: the agencies through which community development and community action must all pass and through which they are all now shaped.  The result is a model of community development and life in which “co-policing” (between police officers, city officials, and select residents) is not just a central goal geared towards ensuring safety or security or urban residents, but a central mode for producing urban life.  Through both an analysis of the historical development of community policing practices and a close examination of struggles over community policing in our four cities, I will examine how this state of affairs came to be.  In turn, I will then offer some suggestions as to what this might mean for any progressive notion of, and struggle for, the right to the city.

Das Kolloquium findet in der Vorlesungszeit immer Montags von 18 bis 20 Uhr in Raum 002 in der Universitätsstraße 3b statt.

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