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Jarrett Blaustein, Speaking truths to power: Policy ethnography and police reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jarrett Blaustein, Speaking truths to power: Policy ethnography and police reform in Bosnia and... Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology 2017, Vol. 50(1) 146–151 Book Reviews ! The Author(s) 2016 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/0004865816661808 journals.sagepub.com/home/anj Jarrett Blaustein, Speaking truths to power: Policy ethnography and police reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2015; 272 pp. ISBN 978-0-19872-329-5, £65.00 (hbk) Reviewed by: Kerry Carrington, Queensland University of Technology, Australia Where globalisation has been a focus of criminological theorising, it has been too readily assumed that northern trends (like neoliberal punitiveness, community policing, etc.) have global reach. The neoliberal thesis on penality (Lacey, 2013) is a classic piece of metropolitan theorising, embedded most strongly in the work of Wacquant (2013). This thesis assumes the rest of the world simply followed United States punitive trends. It is mistaken, however, to conceive neoliberalism as a transnational political project of a uniform character (O’Malley, 2014; Sozzo, 2015). This is why Jarrett Blaustein’s (2015) Speaking Truths to Power is so refreshing. His ethnographic study contrasts two case studies of liberal state building and ‘policing for democracy’ in the territories of the former Yugoslavia, in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). In this post-conflict setting, trans- national policing programs sponsored by the European Union and the international http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology SAGE

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Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology 2017, Vol. 50(1) 146–151 Book Reviews ! The Author(s) 2016 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/0004865816661808 journals.sagepub.com/home/anj Jarrett Blaustein, Speaking truths to power: Policy ethnography and police reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2015; 272 pp. ISBN 978-0-19872-329-5, £65.00 (hbk) Reviewed by: Kerry Carrington, Queensland University of Technology, Australia Where globalisation has been a focus of criminological theorising, it has been too readily assumed that northern trends (like neoliberal punitiveness, community policing, etc.) have global reach. The neoliberal thesis on penality (Lacey, 2013) is a classic piece of metropolitan theorising, embedded most strongly in the work of Wacquant (2013). This thesis assumes the rest of the world simply followed United States punitive trends. It is mistaken, however, to conceive neoliberalism as a transnational political project of a uniform character (O’Malley, 2014; Sozzo, 2015). This is why Jarrett Blaustein’s (2015) Speaking Truths to Power is so refreshing. His ethnographic study contrasts two case studies of liberal state building and ‘policing for democracy’ in the territories of the former Yugoslavia, in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). In this post-conflict setting, trans- national policing programs sponsored by the European Union and the international

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Published: Mar 1, 2017

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