Everything Is Police

by Tia Trafford

Policing is constitutive of colonial modernity: normalizing, internalizing, and legalizing anti-Black violence as the ongoing condition for white life and freedom. The result, Tia Trafford argues here, is a situation where we cannot practically experience or even imagine worlds free from policing. From the plantation to the prison, global apartheid, and pandemic control, this book examines why and how policing has become the most ingrained, commonsense—and insidious—way of managing our world.

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    Portions of chapter 1 were previously published in “The World as Police,” Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, no. 38 (2022).

    Everything Is Police by Tia Trafford is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.