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Policing the Frontier – An Ethnography of Two Worlds in Niger - Cornell Scholarship Online
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Policing the Frontier: An Ethnography of Two Worlds in Niger

Mirco Göpfert


This book explores what it means to be a gendarme investigating cases, writing reports, and settling disputes in rural Niger. At the same time, the book looks at the larger bureaucracy and the irresolvable tension between bureaucratic structures and procedures and peoples' lives. The world of facts and files exists on one side, and the chaotic and messy human world exists on the other. The book contends that bureaucracy and police work emerge in a sphere of constant and ambivalent connection and separation. The book's frontier in Niger (and beyond) is seen through ideas of space, condition, an ... More

Keywords: gendarme, Niger, bureaucracy, police work, bureaucratic structures, bureaucratic procedures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501747212
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501747212.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mirco Göpfert, author
Goethe University

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