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Spatial Regimes of Power: Combined Municipal Policing in the Arab City of Nazareth

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Una McGahern



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This paper examines the agency of Arab urban spaces in shaping local policing arrangements in Israel using a recent experiment with Combined Municipal Policing (CMP) in the city of Nazareth as a case study. Departing from prevailing analytical approaches to the study of local governance in Arab urban localities in Israel, it adopts a distributive notion of agency that addresses both the role of (uneven) arrangements of power in producing Arab-only urban spaces, as well as the role of (uneven) material assemblages and infrastructures of power—road networks, in particular—in generating, and frustrating, local policing arrangements within them. Building on a critique of ethnocratic theory as it relates to Arab-only localities in particular, it argues that changes in local policing arrangements should not be viewed simply as a sophistication of prevailing mechanisms of control, but rather as an interactional consequence of a more complex spatial regime of power that reveals the latent, unintended, and immanent political potency of the (Arab) city to talk to, with, and back to power.

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Author(s): McGahern U

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Political Sociology

Year: 2016

Volume: 10

Issue: 3

Pages: 206-222

Print publication date: 01/09/2016

Online publication date: 20/06/2016

Acceptance date: 11/01/2016

Date deposited: 10/03/2016

ISSN (print): 1749-5679

ISSN (electronic): 1749-5687

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/ips/olw008


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