The police invention of humanity: Notes on the “thin blue line”

  title={The police invention of humanity: Notes on the “thin blue line”},
  author={Tyler Wall},
  journal={Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal},
  pages={319 - 336}
  • T. Wall
  • Published 1 December 2020
  • Art
  • Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal
This article unpacks the idea of police as a “thin blue line” as narrating a story about the police invention of the human through a civilizing and exterminating war against beasts. To speak in the name of the “thin blue line,” then, is to articulate the police as the primary force which secures, or makes possible, all the things said to be at the core of “human” existence: liberty, security, property, sociality, accumulation, law, civility, and even happiness. The current project is less a… 

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