Friday, June 13, 2008

The monopoly of violence

"Just what I needed, is a college boy. ... What's your degree? ... Sociology? You'll go far. That's if you live. ... Just don't let your college degree get you killed."

Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry, 1971

[This is the epigram to Cop in the Hood, a sociologist's "participant observation" of the Baltimore police force, part of the bibliography for a co-written piece on The Wire, devaluation and spatio-temporal fixes - hopefully the first installment of a Marxian HBO trilogy alongside Deadwood and primitive accumulation and the Sopranos and... waste management?]


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