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Publication Type
Journal Article
UWI Author(s)
Author, Analytic
Harriott, Anthony
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Government
Article Title
Policing and citizenship: The tolerance of police violence in Jamaica
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West Indian Law Journal
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Refereed
Date of Publication
2003
Volume ID
28
Issue ID
1
Page(s)
51-73
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Abstract
Analytically describes, the development and increasing prevalence of police vigilantism in Jamaica, explores the sources of mass support for it, and analyses its implications for the legitimacy of the state. Notes that the popular acceptance of, and active support for state violence and police vigilantism has its source in the cultural structures of the society and that the basic rights, including the right to life and protection under the law, is predicated on a notion of personhood (and citizenship rights) as a function of social status and one's utility to their community. Argues that personhood is not rooted in a notion of natural and inalienable rights, but rather as an attribute that may be acquired and lost. Where personhood is lost, as in the case of incorrigible predators, the normal rights as citizens which are associated with personhood, may also be withdrawn thereby making them socially unprotected targets of police vigilantism.....
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