Race, Police and the LA Human

Authors: Ofelia Cuevas*, UC Davis Geography Graduate Group
Topics: Urban Geography, United States
Keywords: Race, Police, Los Angeles, Human Capital
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Studio 5, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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Los Angeles is presently considered one of the fastest growing global cities. Indexed at number seven by Foreign Policy magazine in 2010 it has established its position there in terms of what it contributes and how it influences the global economy. In terms of its most important valuable attributes, the magazine lists are the city’s human capital. It is also a city that can claim it is home to the largest local jail on the planet which feeds one of the largest prison structures in the US. This paper will consider the mechanisms of modern governmentality that have produced an alien population within a population as a necessary matter of the global security architecture emerging in the 21st century in order to produce its most valuable asset: a population of people that contribute to the city’s productive terrain and excess or surplus populations of Black Brow and poor people that are managed within the walls of the Los Angeles County Jail.

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