For a culmination of years, scholars have argued the use of policing and other security strategies as risk management strategies to solve complex social criminality. Criminality is such a complex subject that governance have turned to producing risk management strategies that do not fix the problem but provide a way for "risk" to be managed. Risk management strategies are composed of two key components as followed: (1) the political spectacle (of methods such as policing), and (2) the construction and targeting of a suspect class. Risk is defined as a situation involving exposure to danger. In order to decrease of risk institutions of governance create agents or units of "risk" that can be managed because it is much harder to get rid of agents of social "risk." By creating something that can be managed they are ultimately controlling the instance of "risk."
The political spectacle is the politicized and publicized targeted policing in media and validated statistical evidence available to the public. The construction of the suspect class is also the criminalization of the targeted population. The "war on drugs" is a risk management strategy that, rather than stopping the drug trade, overwhelmingly incarcerates and criminalizes African Americans. As a risk management strategy the "war on drugs" has been a primary agent in politicizing the targeted policing of African Americans and contributed to the construction of African Americans as a suspect class.
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[...] Risk is defined as a situation involving exposure to danger. In order to decrease of risk institutions of governance create agents or units of “risk” that can be managed because it is much harder to get rid of agents of social “risk.” By creating something that can be managed they are ultimately controlling the instance of “risk.” The political spectacle is the politicized and publicized targeted policing in media and validated statistical evidence available to the public. The construction of the suspect class is also the criminalization of the targeted population. [...]
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