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In Thrall to Political ChangePolice and Gendarmerie in France$
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Malcolm Anderson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199693641.001.0001

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Introduction: Enduring controversies

Introduction: Enduring controversies

(p.265) Introduction: Enduring controversies
In Thrall to Political Change

Malcolm Anderson

Oxford University Press

This section of the book deals with controversies involving the police and gendarmerie in France since 1870. In particular, it examines controversies that revolved around police brutality and violence, discrimination against minorities, partisan and unacceptable political policing, harassment, corruption, and arbitrary or biased law enforcement. It also looks at the responses of the police and their defenders to such charges, even invoking their role in maintaining social order and in protecting ‘honest people’ against criminality, anarchy, and subversion. Three branches of the police are considered: political police, municipal police, and public order police.

Keywords:   police, gendarmerie, France, police brutality, policing, law enforcement, social order, political police, municipal police, public order police

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