Policing and West African Experience in France: Preparatory Field Research

Spring 2016 Grant Recipient

Graduate Student

Bremen Donovan (Anthropology) I am a PhD student in socio-cultural anthropology, focusing on policing, migration, and visual/sensory methods. My doctoral research broadly addresses how policing is impacting West African youth in Paris and surrounding suburbs (banlieues), investigating more specifically how increased documentation of policing by police and regular citizens—via body cams, for example—is changing policing practices. As an anthropologist and trained media producer, I am interested in expanding and deepening the methodological tools our discipline has to engage such pressing questions. CGII funding will support summer pre-field analysis and logistics as I prepare for intensive dissertation fieldwork next year.