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Department of Sociology


Wednesday 6th March 12:15 – 14:00 | Seminar Room, Department of Sociology, Free School Lane. 

Speaker: Professor Julian Go, University of Chicago

Chair: Dr Filipe Carreira da Silva, University of Cambridge

Please click here to view the video.  (This recording can only be accessed with a Raven password due to copyright issues.)

This lecture, drawing upon Go’s recently published book, Policing Empires, offers a postcolonial historical sociology of police militarization in Britain and the United States. It tracks when, why, and how British and US police departments have adopted military tactics, tools, and technologies for domestic use since the founding of modern policing in the nineteenth century into the present. It shows that militarization is an effect of the "imperial boomerang.” Police have brought imperial practices home in response to perceived racialized threats from minority and immigrant populations.

In conversation with Julian Go hosted by Cambridge University Sociology Society. 

Tues 5th March 2024 | 18:15 - 20:00 | Seminar Room, Department of Sociology

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