We offer an anthropological response to criminologists’ call for a penal theory of police, with a specific focus on the public condonation of police punishment. We support such a penal theory but criticize the criminologist’s explanation of the relative quiescence of “the public” in the face of police punishment. We do so by (1) centralizing anti-police protest instead of acceptance of police punishment; (2) raising the epistemological question “how do we know protest?” and (3) addressing the importance of studying “hashtag activism” in anti-police protest. Central to our thesis is Scott’s theory of hidden transcripts and the infrapolitics of resistance.
|Title of host publication||The Anthropology of Police|
|Editors||Kevin Karpiak, William Garriott|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Name||Frontiers of Criminal Justice|