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The Ambivalent StatePolice-Criminal Collusion at the Urban Margins$
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Javier Auyero and Katherine Sobering

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190915537

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190915537.001.0001

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Unpacking Collusion

Unpacking Collusion

(p.151) 7 Unpacking Collusion
The Ambivalent State

Javier Auyero

Katherine Sobering

Oxford University Press

This chapter draws out common features of collusion across cases, highlighting the patterned character of this transactional world, as well as the mistakes and last-minute improvisations that abound in the clandestine connections between drug dealers and the police. It outlines three dimensions of police-criminal collusion, examining the common resources, practices, and processes at the heart of clandestine relationships. First, the clandestine relationships between state agents and drug dealers are founded on the exchange of both material and informational resources. Second, actors involved in collusive relationships engage in common practices. Finally, a set of relational processes explains patterns of these collusive interactions. This chapter concludes by considering the complex relationship between the police-criminal collusion and the violence that shakes the daily lives of marginalized populations.

Keywords:   police-criminal collusion, systemic violence, mistakes, marginality, improvisation

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