Policing Unauthorized Camping

26 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2003  

Dave Cowan

University of Bristol - Department of Law

Delia Lomax

Heriot-Watt University - School of the Built Environment

Abstract

We argue that the links between welfare, policing, and exclusion, though rarely made explicit, nevertheless form the undercurrent of the modern neo-liberal state. In making this argument, we draw particularly upon the voluminous literature which amplifies the seminal work of Foucault, especially as it relates to government. Thereafter, we apply this set of understandings to the way in which the unauthorized encampments of Gypsies and Travellers are policed. We concentrate first on the construction of legislation and its legal aftermath. Subsequently, we draw upon case study evidence to illustrate our thesis, particularly focusing on the sorting processes of decision-makers.

Suggested Citation

Cowan, Dave and Lomax, Delia, Policing Unauthorized Camping. Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 30, pp. 283-308, June 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=411161

Dave Cowan

University of Bristol - Department of Law ( email )

Wills Memorial Building
Queen's Road Clifton
Bristol BS8 1RJ, BS8 1RJ
United Kingdom

Delia Lomax (Contact Author)

Heriot-Watt University - School of the Built Environment ( email )

Riccarton
Edinburgh EH14 4AS, Scotland EH14 1AS
United Kingdom

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