Thursday, December 29, 2011

Les Brigades Anti-Criminalité bis

I previously discussed the new book by Didier Fassin, who studied one Brigade Anti-Criminalité in the Paris region over an extended period of time. Here is a lengthy, thoughtful discussion of the book, the BAC, and the problems of insecurity and policing in France today.Worth reading, since "security" issues are likely to play a major role in the presidential campaign.

1 comment:

FrédéricLN said...

Worth reading, but how adequate is it?

Laurent Mucchielli proves that, from the only fieldword assessments Didier Fassin carried out, you cannot "déduire de ces trois faits que la France est une société post-coloniale ayant instauré un ordre racial (un apartheid) protégé par la police".

Granted! But did Didier Fassin actually express such, an so broad, conclusions? I don't know, as I haven't read the book. But I read 3 interviews, and I understood his opinions as very far from that.

I would then question L. Mucchielli own works — I often wonder, when I read his own interviews, if he really cares about the pratical, field, police work (as distinguished from national policy orientations), and if he will frankly consider ethnic and religious social facts as something different of "les conditions socio-économiques". Oops, I am clearly a poor reader of Mucchielli's work.