The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the inadequacies of the state’s response to public health and public order issues through deeply flawed legislation.
Written in the context of the #Blacklivesmatter protests, this book explores why law enforcement responses to a public health emergency are prioritised over welfare provision and what this tells us about the state’s criminal justice institutions.
Informing scholarly, civic and activist thinking on the political nature of policing, it reveals how increasing police powers disproportionately affects black people and suggests alternative ways of designing public safety beyond a law enforcement context.
“Makes a compelling case for a critical assessment of what the COVID-19 pandemic can tell us about policing, health and governance all of the time. Lively, topical and precisely what we need.” Peter Squires, University of Brighton.
Lambros Fatsis is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Brighton specialising in police racism and the criminalisation of Black music subcultures. His co-authored book with Mark Carrigan, The Public and Their Platforms Public Sociology in an Era of Social Media is published by Bristol University Press.
Melayna Lamb is an independent writer and academic based in London and author of the forthcoming ‘A Philosophical History of Police Power’ published by Bloomsbury Academic.
1. Policing “The Public” as a Virus
2. The Order of Public Health
3. Safety Without Police: An Abolitionist Provocation