WHAT CAN BLOOM? AN ABOLITIONIST STUDY OF POLICING AT HAVERFORD COLLEGE
Haverford College. Department of Anthropology
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Dark Archive until 2022-01-01, afterwards Open Access.
This thesis investigates the history and impacts of policing at Haverford College, focusing on the institutional security force known as Campus Safety. Taking an abolitionist anthropological approach (Shange 2019) heavily informed by Black Feminist anthropology, it draws on archives, survey, and interview data to analyze how policing at Haverford replicates and upholds the violence of settler colonialism, racial capitalism, hetero-cis patriarchy, and ableism/sanism despite its portrayal as a "gentler" form of (non)policing by college administrators. This critical engagement with Campus Safety unseats the liberal imaginary of the predominantly white collegeas a place of "presumed innocence" (Rodríguez 2012) and demands that readers engage in the abolitionist pursuit of "real safety" (Kaba 2019).