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Policing the Union’s Black: The Racial Politics of Law and Order in Contemporary Britain

Fatsis, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-3082-951X (2021). Policing the Union’s Black: The Racial Politics of Law and Order in Contemporary Britain. In: Gordon, F. & Newman, D. (Eds.), Leading Works in Law and Social Justice. (pp. 137-150). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.


Several decades have passed since the publication of Policing the Crisis and There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack by Stuart Hall et al. (1978) and Paul Gilroy (1987), respectively. Yet the arguments presented in both books resonate powerfully with the current political climate and law enforcement policy in the UK, while also speaking with much force to the themes that animate this edited collection of leading works in law and social justice. This book chapter revisits these two seminal works in order to reintroduce them as essential contributions to scholarship on legislative and governing practices that serve to impose social order and police citizenship by defining Black lives out of it. Drawing on Hall et al. and Gilroy’s work, this chapter will demonstrate how current state priorities and policing practices continue to subjugate, monitor, control, and curtail the movement and expression of Black Britons; giving renewed impetus to law and order politics at the expense of racial and social justice.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Leading Works in Law and Social Justice on 23 March 2021, available online:
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science
K Law
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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