*Journal of World-Systems Research*

Special Issue on "Capitalist World Economy in Crisis: Policing,
Pacification and Legitimacy"

*Guest Editors:*
Zeynep Gönen, Framingham State University
Zhandarka Kurti, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

*Call for Papers *
While managing the working class has been a central concern of capitalist
ruling classes throughout history, contemporary restructuring in the face
of slowed growth, declining profit rates, and climate change makes the
question of maintaining social order, and hence of policing, more important
than ever before. This special issue will explore the various modalities of
policing to secure, maintain and reproduce existing racialized class
structures at this moment of world-systemic crisis.

Since the 1970s, the capitalist world economy has experienced a crisis of
accumulation that has been unevenly felt across the world-system. While
some workers are being disciplined by surveillance technologies, others are
being managed by police in the slums and favelas of large urban cities. For
instance, in China, the world’s “global factory,” capitalists envision new
ways of squeezing out more labor from their newly proletarianized workforce
while in Europe, policy makers innovate border security methods to exclude
immigrants and refugees. In the United States scholars have called
attention to the role that policing, prisons and a growing private security
industry have played in managing growing inequality structured along class,
race and gender lines. Yet, the United States is not exceptional.
Semi-peripheral regions are adopting and elaborating methods of penal
regulation of the working classes similar to those found in capitalist core

The special issue seeks to build on the work of scholars who bring together
Marxist political economy of global crisis with studies on policing,
surveillance and criminalization. We find it worthwhile to expand on this
perspective from a world-systems framework to produce a comparative and
world-historical perspective on the role of policing in relation to the
dynamics, crises and conditions of global capitalism.

We invite abstracts for proposed papers on this topic, including:

   - Theoretical, conceptual and historical relationships between global
   capitalist crises, policing and race/class inequalities.
   - Comparative neoliberal restructuring of the police function across
   core, peripheral and semi-peripheral countries.
   - Global refugee crisis and technologies of policing, surveillance and
   - Climate change, “natural” disasters, security and governance.
   - Private-state collaborations in law enforcement and security
   - Real Estate/Housing crisis, surveillance and policing.
   - Militarized policing and new police technologies that expand the
   state-power over the poor.
   - Right wing movements and ideologies of law and order.
   - Technology and its impact on policing and security practices locally
   and on a world scale.
   - Financialization of capitalism, surveillance, risk and security.
   - Ideology and pacification during crisis of state legitimacy and
   capital accumulation.
   - Restructuring of work, surveillance and productivity.

The *Journal of World-Systems Research* <> is the
official journal of the Political Economy of the World-System Section
<> of the American Sociological Association. It
develops and disseminate scholarly research from a variety of disciplines
on topics relevant to the analysis of world-systems. *JWSR *reaches a
global audience and is among the most established open access scholarly
journals, published since 1995.

Special issue editors will review abstract submissions and invite
contributions of full papers for peer review. Abstracts should be submitted
by *February 1, 2020* to be considered for this special issue. Editors will
invite full papers in winter/spring, 2020. Full papers that are ready for
external peer-review are due by Asugust 15, 2021, and final accepted papers
ready for production are due in December 1, 2021. We are aiming to publish
this special issue in the Spring 2021.

*Send abstract submissions and inquiries to:* Zeynep Gönen (
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the subject line “JWSR Policing.”

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