An Ethnographic Study of the Policing of Internal Borders in the Netherlands: Synergies Between Criminology and Anthropology

P. Mutsaers

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    Abstract

    Tense contact between the police and migrants in Western societies remains to be an important topic in police scholarship. In sociological studies of the police, this matter is ascribed to the discretionary authority of individual officers that is sanctioned by their departments—not to official policy or direct ethnic or racial orientations. This article (1) discusses the ‘policing of migration’ literature that claims the exact opposite; (2) applies this literature to the Dutch context in order
    to show that migrants are increasingly and deliberately targeted for control by numerous public, semi-public and private agencies; (3) empirically explores the ramifications of such ‘internal border control’ and (4) argues in favour of a synergy between criminological and anthropological work on this topic.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)831-848
    Number of pages17
    JournalBritish Journal of Criminology, delinquency and deviant social behavior
    Volume54
    Issue number5
    Early online date20 May 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2014

    Keywords

    • Internal borders
    • thickening borderlands
    • policing of migration
    • ethno-racial profiling

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