Essays on the Nature of Police

David Correia and Tyler Wall
Foreword by Rachel Herzing

Haymarket Books (August, 2021)

Trade paper • ISBN-13: 9781642594669 • US $19.95 • 6 in x 9 in • 225 pgs.


This book’s radical theory of police argues that the police demand for order is a class order and a racialized and patriarchal order, by arguing that the institution of policing, in order to fabricate and defend capitalist order, must patrol an imaginary line between society and nature and transform nature into inert matter made available for accumulation. The thin blue line doesn’t just refer to a social order, rather police announce a general claim to domination— of labor and of nature..


David Correia is an associate professor at the University of New Mexico.

Tyler Wall
is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Rachel Herzing
is a cofounder of Critical Resistance and co director of Center for Political Education.


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