Regimes of Social Control

RGIn the article “What Policing, Events in Ferguson, andImmigration Enforcement say about Regimes of Social Control”   Nolan Kline, the articles author, discuses the issues of the militarization of police force, the effects of police force and immigrant regime, and riot control has directly impacted the everyday lives of people across the country and heavily in areas such as New York, San Francisco, and Atlanta.

Also the Kline gives a couple of possible solutions to the problems he states earlier in the document. Such as not equipping local police with military equipment and ending asymmetrical warfare on activist.

These are both effective ways in which thinking anthropologically can be used to solve real world problems. They ways in which anthropologist and anthropological thinking is so relevant in this situation is by understanding how people, especially minorities, make meaning of the events and how people have been taught to feel about the police force in different cultures. Does image play a key role in how people react to authority?  Thinking in a culturally sensitive way  one may come to ponder if activist would be more inclined to end a rally if tanks and fully militarized riot control were not sent in and issues were settled more civilly, would issues like Ferguson, Micheal Brown, and Trayvon Martin still occur?

Source: http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2015/01/29/militarizing-life/

Image: http://hiconsumption.com/2013/08/zombie-riot-gear-fx1-flexforce-modular-armor-suit/

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