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ManhuntsA Philosophical History$
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Grégoire Chamayou

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151656

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151656.001.0001

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Police Hunts

Police Hunts

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(p.87) Chapter 8 Police Hunts
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Manhunts
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Grégoire Chamayou

Steven Rendall

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151656.003.0009

This chapter discusses the police as manhunters. The nineteenth century sketched the portrait of the policeman as a manhunter. The police was described as a hunting institution, the state's arm for pursuit, entrusted by it with tracking, arresting, and imprisoning. Unlike hunts for wolf-men, the state hunts by the police no longer took place in the mode of a popular operation of flushing out the prey. The police had gained a monopoly on legitimate tracking. However, the problem was that, far from coming into being as a second application of the law or as an authority originally subordinate to it, the cynegetic power inherited by the modern police force developed largely outside the judicial framework that justified it. So although the police officially justified its existence by constant reference to the legal system and to the law, in practice it remained largely blind.

Keywords:   police, policing, tracking, manhunting, manhunts, cynegetic power

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