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The Role of Politics

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In this chapter, I address a substantial and controversial issue in the field of the sociology of police: the nexus between police and politics . More particularly, and returning to arguments present in the state of the art (reviewed in the book’s third chapter), I describe the perspectives of the interviewees regarding whether the police can be thought of as autonomous institution (and independent of political will) or as a political instrument, which follows and executes the guidelines erected by politicians from the “top”. In this sense, the domain constituted by the interviews allows us to add an empirical element and enrich the theoretical discussion (and arguments) about the ways of thinking the links between police and politics .

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    Néstor Roncaglia, head of the Argentine Federal Police from January 2016 to January 2020.

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    While the police alludes to a particular kind of institution, policing imply a set of processes with specific functions aimed at social control (not exclusively carried out by the police, but also by other institutions).

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    As mentioned in other book’s chapters, I replaced the names of the people interviewed with fantasy names, to maintain the confidentiality of anonymity.

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    Previously, Ignacio Rullansky (2014) explored the political rationalities and government technologies present in the discourses and extra-discursive practices of the authorities of the Buenos Aires City Government regarding the differential treatment of “manteros” and artisans in the case of the social conflict caused by the reformulation of the Contraventional Code in Buenos Aires.

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    Dion’s migratory trajectory is curious. He arrived in Argentina in 2018, as part of a dance tour. He did not decide to stay in the country, but the expiration of his passport did not allow him to follow the path of his dance partners back to Senegal.


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Abiuso, F.L. (2023). The Role of Politics. In: Police, Politics and the Immigration-Crime Nexus. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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