Orfalea Center Thematic Research Cluster

Structural Violence, Police/Prison Abolition, and Decoloniality

Histories of a Complex Present

*The following bibliographies are inspired by a MENA Prison Forum syllabus.


Section 1: Beyond the Modern Discipline and Punishment

Crosby, Andrew and Jeffrey Monaghan. 2013. Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and the Security State. Fernwood Publishing.

Daniel, Branch. 2005. “Imprisonment and Colonialism in Kenya, C. 1930-1952: Escaping the Carceral Archipelago.” International Journal of African Historical Studies. Vol. 38. No. 2.

Dikötter, Frank and Ian Brown (Eds). 2007. Cultures of Confinement: A History of the Prison in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Cornell University Press. 

Dubber, Markus. 2006. The New Police Science: The Police Power in Domestic and International Governance. Stanford University Press.

Elkins, Caroline. 2005. Britain’s Gulag: The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya. Pimlico.

Ericson, Richard and Kevin Haggerty. 1997. Policing the Risk Society. University of Toronto Press.

Escobar, Arturo. 2004. ”Beyond the Third World: Imperial Globality, Global Coloniality and Anti-Globalisation Social Movements.” Third World Quarterly. Vol. 25. No. 1. 

Fahmy, Khaled. 2018. In Quest of Justice: Islamic Law and Forensic Medicine in Modern Egypt. University of California Press. 

Gibson, Mary. 2011. “Global Perspectives on the Birth of the Prison.” The American Historical Review. Vol. 116. No. 4.

Graham, Stephen. 2010. Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism. Verso. 

Griffiths, Arthur. 2017. Oriental Prisons: Prisons and Crime in India, the Andaman Islands, Burmah, China, Japan, Egypt, Turkey. Forgotten Books. 

Hall, Stuart et al. 2013.  Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the State and Law and Order. Palgrave Macmillan.

Khalili, Laleh. 2008. “Incarceration and the State of Exception: al-Ansar Mass Detention Camp in Lebanon.” Thinking Palestine. Zed Books.

Khalili, Laleh. 2010. Policing and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion. Hurst.

Loick, Daniel. 2018. A Critique of Sovereignty. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Mbembe, Achille. 2003. “Necropolitics.” Public Culture. Vol. 15. No. 1.

Mitchell, Timothy. 2002. Rules of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity. University of California Press. 

Montana, Ismael M. 2013. The Abolition of Slavery in Ottoman Tunisia. University Press of Florida. 

Neocleous, Mark. 2000. The Fabrication of Social Order : A Critical Theory of Police Power. Pluto Press.

Peters, Rudolph. 2002. “Egypt and the Age of the Triumphant Prison: Legal Punishment in Nineteenth Century Egypt.”  Annales Islamologiques. Vol. 36. 

Petry, Carl F. 2012. The Criminal Underworld in a Medieval Islamic Society: Narratives from Cairo and Damascus Under the Mamluks. University of Chicago Press. 

Puar, Jasbin K. 2017. The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability. Duke University Press. 

Quinlivan, James T. 1999. “Coup-Proofing: Its Practice and Consequences in the Middle East.” International Security. Vol. 24. No. 2. 

Robinson, William I. 1996. Promoting Polyarchy: Globalization, US Intervention, and Hegemony. Cambridge University Press. 

Scott, James C. 2010. The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia. Yale University Press. 

Schull, Kent F. 2018. Prisons in the Late Ottoman Empire: Microcosms of Modernity. Edinburgh University Press. 

Spade, Dean. 2015. Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law. Duke University Press.

Zilfi, Madeline C. 2012. Women and Slavery in the Late Ottoman Empire: The Design of Difference. Cambridge University Press.


Section 2: Colonial Cells

Anderson, Clare. 2016. “Convicts, Carcerality and Cape Colony Connections in the 19th Century.” Journal of Southern African Studies. Vol. 42. No. 3.

Adi, Hakim. 2009. “Africa’s ‘Agitators’: Militant Anti-Colonialism in Africa and the West, 1918-1939.” The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. Vol. 37. No. 2.

Brogden, Mike. 1987. “The Emergence of the Police—the Colonial Dimension.” The British Journal of Criminology. Vol. 27. No. 1.

Gwynn, Charles. 1934. Imperial Policing. Macmillian.

Khalili, Laleh. 2010. “The Location of Palestine in Global Counterinsurgencies.” International Journal of Middle East Studies. Vol. 42. No. 3. 

Khalili, Laleh. 2010. “The New (and Old) Classics of Counterinsurgency.” Middle East Report. No. 255. 

Khalili, Laleh. 2011. “Gendered Practices of Counterinsurgency.” Review of International Studies. Vol. 37. No. 4. 

Neocleous, Mark. 2014. War Power, Police Power. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Owen, Roger. 2004. State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East. Routledge.

Sinclair, Georgina. 2007. At the End of the Line: Colonial Policing and the Imperial Endgame 1945–80. Manchester University Press.

Thomas, Martin. 2015. Violence and Colonial Order: Police, Workers and Protest in the European Colonial Empire, 1918-1940. Cambridge University Press.

Section 3: Post-Colonial State-Building

Adamson, Fiona. 2006. “Crossing Borders: International Migration and National Security.” International Security. Vol. 31. No. 1. 

Anderson, Malcolm. 1989. Policing the World: Interpol and the Politics of International Police Co-operation. Clarendon.

Andreas, Peter. 2003. “Redrawing the Line: Borders and Security in the Twenty-First Century.” International Security. Vol. 28. No. 2.

Andreas, Peter, and Richard Price. 2001. “From War Fighting to Crime Fighting: Transforming the American National Security State.” International Studies Review. Vol. 3. No. 3.

Barnett, Michael, and Liv Coleman. 2005. “Designing Police: Interpol and the Study of Change in International Organizations.” International Studies Quarterly. Vol. 49. No. 4..

Bohrer, Ashley and Andrés Fabián Henao Castro. 2019. “A People’s History of Police Exchanges: Settler Colonialism, Capitalism and the Intersectionality of Struggles.” The War on Drugs and the Global Colour Line. Pluto Press. 

Colombeau, Sara Casella. 2017. “Policing the Internal Schengen Borders – Managing the Double Bind between Free Movement and Migration Control.” Policing and Society.

Davis, Angela. 2011. Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture. AK Press.

Fernandez, Luis. 2008. Policing Dissent: Social Control and the Anti-Globalization Movement. Rutgers University Press.

Enloe, Cynthia. 1980. Police, Military, and Ethnicity: Foundations of State Power. Transaction.

Katzenstein, Peter J. 1998. Cultural Norms and National Security: Police and Military in Postwar Japan. Cornell University Press.

Henderson, Errol. 2013. “Hidden in Plain Sight: Racism in International Relations Theory.” Cambridge Review of International Affairs.

Huggins, Martha. 1998. Political Policing: The United States and Latin America. Duke University Press.

Khalili, Laleh. 2012. Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies. Stanford University Press. 

Kuzmarov, Jeremy. 2012. Modernizing Repression: Police Training and Nation Building in the American Century. University of Massachusetts Press.

Mbembe, Achille. 2001. On the Postcolony. University of California Press. 

Meiches, Benjamin. 2015. “A Political Ecology of the Camp.” Security Dialogue. Vol. 46, No. 5.

McCoy, Alfred W. Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State. University of Wisconsin Press, 2009.

McQuade, Brendan. 2019. Pacifying the Homeland: Intelligence Fusion and Mass Supervision. University of California Press..

Nadelman, Ethan. 1994. Cops Across Borders: The Internationalization of U.S. Criminal Law Enforcement. The Pennsylvania State University Press.

Pallister-Wilkins, Polly. 2015. “The Humanitarian Politics of European Border Policing: Frontex and Border Police.” International Political Sociology.

Porch, Douglas. 2012. “The Dangerous Myths and Dubious Promise of COIN.” Small Wars & Insurgencies. Vol. 22. No. 2. 

Schrader, Stuart. 2019. Badges without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing. University of California Press.

Seigel, Micol. 2018. Violence Work: State Power and the Limits of Police. Duke University Press.

Seri, Guillermina. 2012. Seguridad: Crime, Police Power, and Democracy in Argentina. Continuum.

Smiley, Will. 2018. From Slaves to Prisoners of War: The Ottoman Empire, Russia, and International Law. Oxford University Press.

Vitalis, Robert. 2017. White World Order, Black Power Politics: The Birth of American International Relations. Cornell University Press.

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