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  •  The function/rhetoric of police (4+ / 0-)
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    gc10, xaxnar, thea lake, NancyWH

    I do not mean the police themselves.

    The narrative of police, as we worked it out at the end of the 19th century, and as we modified it during the 1920's when retelling prohibition stories, is to appear where a society has been made dysfunctional, to insert first principles, to strip away all other elements of society except the Hunt, and expose maximum threat to society before the resolution and establishment of the pre-crisis status quo.

    So, all is well. The bomb goes off. Regular business must be suspended, and all normal life must get off the streets. The agents of social order, police, then use violence against violence to prevent violence. The spectacle (I'm talking about narratives, remember) allows for the alleviation of anxiety about the tenuousness of social order. The "why" gets given so that the audience can see that there was nothing really wrong with the status quo, the capture is made or the sacrifice, and then we all come back out of our homes, grateful and wiser.

    The detective, on the other hand, is a social physician who must detect the hidden ill. The police show us that all works, that the overt crises can be solved.

    The shaping of the narrative, or the coincidence of events, in this case has conformed to the narrative. I have no reason to think the narrative trumped reality at this point. But that narrative. . . man, is it ever strong.

    Everyone is innocent of some crime.

    by The Geogre on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 04:51:10 AM PDT

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