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Police and the Liberal State$
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Markus D. Dubber and Mariana Valverde

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759328

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759328.001.0001

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Loitering in the City That Works

Loitering in the City That Works

On Circulation, Activity, and Police in Governing Urban Space

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(p.178) Nine Loitering in the City That Works
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Police and the Liberal State
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Ron Levi

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759328.003.0010

This chapter focuses on the Chicago ordinance and its adjudication in the case of Chicago v. Morales and the tensions that were produced when reviving this nineteenth-century project during the late twentieth century. It begins by emphasizing the importance of circulation and movement to understanding the police project as a fundamentally urban governmentality. The police regulation of traffic is critical to the broader regulation of urban life. This link between police, mobility, and the city has been drawn out in detail by Foucault's 1978 lectures on police, in which he argues that the visible circulation of people and goods is integral to the very possibility of the city—and that in turn, urban mobility is the linchpin of police itself. At one level, this provides a conceptual backdrop for understanding the Chicago ordinance as not merely an anticrime measure or a tool of social control, but also as part of an array of techniques for governing the urban itself. Having done so, Foucault's lectures then provide a key lens through which to examine the unnoticed tensions in the legal history of this ordinance.

Keywords:   Chicago ordinance, Chicago v. Morales, police, urban governmentality, Foucault, urban mobility

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