Journals Higher Education



Published: 22 November 2019

240 Pages | 9 black and white halftones

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190915537

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The Ambivalent State

Police-Criminal Collusion at the Urban Margins

Javier Auyero and Katherine Sobering

Global and Comparative Ethnography

  • Examines the relational basis of police-criminal collusion, showing how these clandestine interactions shape drug markets, policing, and life at the urban margins
  • Describes how drug-related violence operates at the urban margins, showing how violence on the "streets" enters the homes of the poor and how suspicions of police-criminal collusion generate cynicism towards the law
  • Draws on the unique combination of wiretapped phone conversations from legal archives and ethnographic field research to examine state action and inaction usually hidden from public view

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