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FR325 Module Outline

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1.Introduction: distinctive features of the French policing and criminal justice system and Jacques Rancière’s conception of ‘the police order’

2. Jean Genet on the Mettray reformatory, Miracle de la rose (1946). 1/2

3. 2/2

4. Henri Charrière’s sensationalized account of his attempts to escape from the penal colony in French Guiana, Papillon (Paris: Robert Laffont/Pocket, 1969), and the controversy over the accuracy and ownership of this story, 1/2.

5. 2/2.

6. Reading Week (no teaching).

7. Consolidation: (i) techniques of coercive governance and prisoner resistance; (ii) the penal colony as instrument of colonisation; (iii) background to the Algerian War of Independence.

8. ‘Pacifying’ Algeria: Jérôme Ferrari, Où j’ai laissé mon âme (Arles: Actes Sud, 2010), 1/2.

9. 2/2.

10. ‘Pacifying’ Algeria: Alain Resnais, Muriel ou le temps d'un retour (Film: 1963).


11. Policing Paris: October 1961 and May 1968. Library research skills training session.

12. The politics of prison and the GIP’s ‘counterveillance’ of the prison system 1/2: Artières (ed.), Groupe d’Information sur les Prisons: Intolérable (Paris: Verticales, 2013).

13. 2/2

14. Policing the suburbs and the 2005 riots 1/2: Didier Fassin, La Force de l’ordre: une anthropologie de la police des quartiers (Paris: Seuil, 2011).

15. Policing the suburbs and the 2005 riots 2/2.

16. Reading week (no teaching).

17. Economic policing 1/2: Maurizio Lazzarato on debt.

18. Economic policing 2/2: Laurent Cantet, L’Emploi du temps (Film: 2001).

19. Dataveillance and user profiling: Armand Mattelart and André Vitalis, Le profilage des populations: du livret ouvrier au cybercontrôle (Paris: La Découverte, 2014).

20. Policing Terrorism Today: Emmanuel Todd, Qui est Charlie? Sociologie d'une crise religieuse (Paris: Seuil, 2015).

Revision workshop