This eighth issue of The Funambulist Magazine, dedicated to the police, can be read in continuity with Issue 04 (March-April 2016), which was focused on carceral environments. Its axiomatic editorial line is resolutely the same: just as there cannot be “better prisons,” there cannot be “better police,” at least not within the logics through which they are currently operating in a majority of the world’s societies. In this regard, the numerous murders of Native and Black bodies by the United States police, the violence of the Apartheid police in Jerusalem against Palestinians, the murderous operations of the Brazilian military police in the favelas, or the legalized abuse of power by the French and Turkish police during ongoing states of emergency; not as “police brutality” that would require reforms but, rather, as the very essence of policing itself, which calls for abolition.

Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert

Past Issues

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The Desert

Continental lives and Anti-Colonial Struggles in the Arid, Plentiful Lands of the Sahara, the Atacama, the Gibson, the Kgalagadi, the Dhofar, and the Taklimakan deserts

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Diasporas

Political Imaginaries of Afro-Diasporic, Indentured, Exiled, and Landless Communities. Narratives from the Cape Verdean, Korean, Indian, Vietnamese, Jewish, Eelam Tamil, Chinese, and the Black Atlantic diasporas.

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Decentering the U.S.

Thinking pluriversally through Blackness, queerness, brownness, caste & indigeneity from other geographies than the United States.