Whiteness, Culture Work, and the Symbolic Violence of Everyday Life: An Ethnography of Racial Performances in Policing
This ethnographic study examines the intersection of race, racism, and policing in the United States. The primary aim of this ethnography is to make visible how mundane policing performances shape the interface between criminal justice institutions and the public. Utilizing data collected from ride alongs with police officers, participant observation of police training, and mass media representations of racialized policing incidents, this ethnography documents the many ways race slides in and out of view in the most routine of police practices, images, habits, and talk. More directly, this research maps ways that cultural participants, particularly police officers, citizens, scholars, and the mass media perform race in the context of policing and, thus, illuminates the cultural processes of racial marking and cultural reproduction of racial ordering in the everyday performances of policing in the modern United States.
0631: Ethnic studies